5 killed in explosion at rocket and explosives factory in Turkey

Ankara, June 11 (BNA): An explosion in a missile and explosives factory in Turkey led to the collapse of a building today, Saturday, killing all five workers inside, according to an official.

The Associated Press reports that the explosion occurred at around 8:45 a.m. in the compound of the state-owned Mechanical and Chemical Industries Corporation, on the outskirts of the capital Ankara, Ankara Provincial Governor Vasip Sahin said.

Shaheen said the explosion was most likely caused by a chemical reaction during the production of dynamite. He said the Public Prosecution Office had launched an official investigation.

Private NTV television reported that gray smoke was seen billowing from the compound as ambulances and fire engines rushed to the area.

The report said that windows of shops and houses in nearby areas were shattered by the force of the blast.

The station said that family members rushed to the compound to get news of their loved ones.


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