Turkish fireworks factory blast kills 2, injures 73

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Smoke billows from a fire following an explosion at a fireworks factory outside the town of Hendek, Sakarya province, northwestern Turkey, Friday July 3, 2020. There were an estimated 150 workers at the factory, Gov. Cetin Oktay Kaldirim told state-run Anadolu Agency. Several firefighters and ambulances were sent to the factory, which is away from residential areas, but explosions continued to hamper efforts to bring the fire under control. The cause of the blast wasn’t immediately known. (IHA via AP)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say an explosion has occurred at a fireworks factory in northwestern Turkey, killing two people and injuring at least 73 others.

There were an estimated 150 workers at the factory at the time of the explosion on Friday. Firefighters and ambulances were sent to the factory outside the town of Hendek, in Sakarya province; the factory is away from residential areas.

Television video showed a large, mushroom-shaped cloud of smoke rising from the factory.

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