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Many dead in Indonesia fireworks factory explosion


Many dead in Indonesia fireworks factory explosion

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Image caption Forensic police at the scene of the factory fire in Tangerang, Indonesia

At least 23 people have been killed and dozens injured after an explosion and fire at an Indonesian fireworks factory, police say.

The blaze took hold at around 09:00 local time (02:00 GMT), at an industrial complex in Tangerang, west of the capital Jakarta.

"We are still evacuating victims," Tangerang Kota police chief Harry Kurniawan told AFP.

Television footage showed thick smoke pouring from the factory.

The blaze has been brought under control, but the exact number of casualties is still being confirmed.

"There are 103 workers in total working for this factory," Nico Afinta, director of general crime at Jakarta Police, told Indonesia's Kompas TV.

He said 43 injured people had been taken to hospital, and that the remains of 23 victims had been found.

Citing witnesses, local media said there were two explosions at the warehouse – one at around 10:00 and another three hours later.

Parts of the building collapsed after the fire swept through, and nearby cars were burned out.

A local government official told Metro TV the factory had only been running for six weeks.

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