Two Killed, 74 Wounded In Firework Factory Explosion In NW Turkey

ISTANBUL, July 4 (NNN-ANADOLU) – Two people were killed and 74 others wounded on Friday, in an explosion at a firework factory in Turkey’s northwestern province of Sakarya.

At a televised speech in Istanbul, Erdogan said, among the 189 personnel of the factory, 74 people were wounded, with one of them in critical condition, and two others were killed.

Since the main explosion occurred at 11:15 a.m. local time (0815 GMT), firefighters continued to control the fire at the factory, which contains 110 tonnes of explosive materials, according to press reports.

Meanwhile, Turkish Health Minister, Fahrettin Koca said, 85 ambulances and two helicopter ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

Kerem Kinik, president of the Turkish Red Crescent, urged people who live close to the area, to close their doors and windows, to avoid the smoke, noting that chemicals in the smoke can badly affect health.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority announced that, the incident should be considered as an industrial accident, and no radiation source has been detected at the factory.– NNN-ANADOLU