At least 47 workers were killed in explosions at a fireworks factory in Indonesia


Police are now working on identifying the bodies. Regional police spokesman Argo Yuwono said 103 workers were believed to be in the building at the time of the blast and that 10 remained unaccounted for. A large explosion took place, followed by a smaller one. One explosion was at around 10 a.m. and then another about three hours later, both of which could be heard miles away. Media images of the PT Panca Buana Cahaya Sukses warehouse showed ash and debris. The roof  was completely missing.

The factory where the explosions occurred

The factory had been operating for only two months. “From the manifest we obtained there were 103 workers,” police spokesman Argo Yuwono told to media. Dozens of injured people were treated at three hospitals. Death toll could rise further as many of the dozens of injured have extensive burns. Authorities have not yet said how the fire started. A factory worker at the hospital said the fire erupted in the middle of production. Some cars and motorbikes outside of the factory also exploded. The suspicion is that the explosion was triggered by chemical materials inside the factory. Industrial fires in Indonesia are not uncommon.


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