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15 Aug 2022

Ani Avetisyan, OC-Media

At least three dead in firework storage explosion in Yerevan

15 August 2022

At least two women and one man have died with 61 more wounded after an explosion tore through the Surmalu Market in Yerevan on Sunday. Officials have warned that the number of casualties may rise as rescue workers continue to search the rubble for survivors...

According to the ministry [of Emergencies], the blast occurred in a building in which fireworks were being stored. Small explosions at around noon on Sunday were followed by larger ones as firefighters battled the blaze...

The cause of the initial explosion is still unknown, with law enforcement agencies launching an investigation for possible violations of safety regulations...