Fireworks factory explodes in Turkey, killing two people, injuring more than 70

Clay Curtis
July 4, 2020

The Minister for Health wrote on Twitter: "There was an explosion in the fireworks factory in Sakarya Hendek, far from the city".

The Turkish Minister of Health Dr. Fahrettin Koca confirmed two people had died at the blast at the factory outside the town of Henkek, Sakarya province on the Black Sea coast, Governor Cetin Oktay Kaldieim told Anadolu Agency. Sixteen of the injured were later discharged, he said, adding that of the remaining workers, just one was in critical condition.

A total of 114 people were taken to the hospital and almost 100 were discharged after the explosion in Sakarya province, Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter.

Several firefighters and ambulances were sent to the factory, which is away from residential areas.

Fire crews extinguished the resulting blaze by the evening, but rescue workers are still searching for three missing people.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave details of the fatalities and said 74 others had been hurt.

The local mayor, Turgut Babaoglu, said many of them had managed to escape the blasts, which began at around 11:15 (08:15 GMT).

According to reports, there had previously been explosions at the factory in 2009, 2011 and 2014.

"We visited our patients who were injured in the blasts in Sakarya's Hendek district and who are still under treatment".

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