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Fireworks Warehouse Explodes in Armenian Mall, Killing Five, Injuring Dozens

A wounded woman is transported on a stretcher after blasts ripped through a fireworks warehouse in a shopping mall in Yerevan, Armenia August 14, 2022. Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Blasts ripped through a fireworks warehouse in a shopping mall in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on Sunday, Russian news agencies reported, killing five people and injuring more than 60.

 

Video footage showed grey smoke billowing over a building and people scurrying away from the area.

 

Rescue workers sifted through twisted metal and rubble in a search for survivors as clouds of dust and smoke hung in the air. Bystanders helped victims move to safe areas.

 

Firefighters extinguish a fire after blasts ripped through a fireworks warehouse in a shopping mall in Yerevan, Armenia August 14, 2022. Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure via REUTERS

Rescuers have recovered two more bodies from the site, bringing the death toll to five, [from the previous three reported] the TASS news agency cited Armenia's emergencies ministry as saying on Monday.

 

Emergencies Minister Armen Pambukhchyan, quoted by Sputnik Armenia news agency, said the fire had been extinguished, but strong winds still posed a threat. He said rescue teams would continue the search for survivors through the night.

 

The Emergencies Ministry said initial investigation showed two large explosions brought down part of a building housing fireworks.

 

Armenia's Health Ministry said 61 people had been injured, with several treated in hospital.

 

It was not immediately clear what caused the fireworks to detonate.

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