Thursday, January 29, 2009

Firecracker factory explodes in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 29, 2009) – At least six people were killed and dozens more wounded and missing after a firecracker factory exploded on Thursday in the Philippines, police said.

Police said the explosion at the Star Maker factory in the town of Trece Martires in Cavite City was so powerful that shock waves shook small building and shattered glass windows up to 5 kilometers away.

At least six people were confirmed dead, but television footages showed rescuers picking up pieces of human flesh and charred remains around the site. The factory was leveled to the ground.

The death toll may rise as 20 people were reported missing and that many are still unaccounted for, although police said more than 70 others were injured in the explosion which occurred at around 10.45 a.m.

Police said a spark could have triggered a chain of explosions inside the factory where workers were conducting an inventory. (Mindanao Examiner)

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