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Jakarta Post

Tangerang fireworks factory explodes, killing 23

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 26, 2017   /   04:44 pm
Tangerang fireworks factory explodes, killing 23 Forensic policemen work at the site of an explosion in Tangerang Kota, Banten province on October 26, 2017. Newly two dozen people were killed and dozens injured after a blaze tore through a fireworks factory, police said on on October 26. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

At least 23 people have died and another 31 been left injured after an explosion at a fireworks factory in Kosambi, Tangerang, Banten on Thursday morning.

"At the site, we found 23 severely burned bodies that are very hard to identify," said Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono.  

The majority of the victims were workers at the warehouse. Argo added that all of the 31 injured persons were currently receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.

The incident occurred at around 9 a.m. 

Local residents reported hearing a very loud explosion before seeing a cloud of smoke just above the warehouse. Students and teachers of a state junior high school near the site of the explosion, SMPN 1 Kosambi, panicked and ran away in fear of being burned.

“Some students and teachers even jumped over the school's fence to avoid the fire that was growing bigger,” a local resident, Indra, said as quoted by  (vny/wit)