UPDATE: At least six die in Zaragoza fireworks’ factory disaster

Presentation of the Spanish Association Against Cancer Gala in Marbella. Credit: [email protected]_Marbella

AT least six people have been confirmed dead in the wake of Monday’s explosion at a fireworks’ factory in Zaragoza, say authorities in the city. Six others have been injured, three of them are in a serious condition.

When the blast occurred at 2.15pm, the causes of which have not yet been established, 20 people were working at the Pirotécnica Zaragozana site on the outskirts of the city.

The resulting fire has reportedly destroyed the building, with firefighters still battling the flames three hours later.

This is not the first such incident at the site, reports Spanish daily El Pais, with previous accidents in 1973 and 1984, the first with five fatalities.

Original article

AN EXPLOSION at a fireworks’ factory in Zaragoza on Monday (August 31) has killed at least three people. The cause of the explosion in the northern city has not yet been identified.

It’s reported in the Spanish media that several other people have been seriously injured, while more people are still unaccounted for.

The blast at the factory, Pirotecnia Zaragoza, was heard across the city. Firefighters, police and paramedics have all been sent to the scene and the wounded rushed to Miguel Servet University Hospital, according to Guardia Civil sources as quoted by the EFE Spanish news agency.

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