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Dozens killed at Indonesia fireworks factory explosion

26 Octobre 2017

At least 27 persons on Thursday were killed and 35 were injured in a firecracker factory which caught fire in the western area of Indonesia's capital of Jakarta.

Indonesian police officers check dead bodies after an explosion at a fireworks factory at Kosambi village in Tangerang, Banten province, Indonesia October 26, 2017. Firefighters were still battling the blaze in the mid-afternoon.

"We don't know for sure the number of people who are still unaccounted for", Harry Kurniawan, Tangerang Kota police chief, told Kompas TV. Dozens of injured people were being treated at three hospitals.

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"In total 47 people died".

Pictures showed the fire had collapsed parts of the building, scorched nearby cars and sent plumes of black smoke into the air. Witnesses reported hearing two major blasts erupt from the site.