Strong explosion hits market in Armenia’s capital: Reports


The Ministry of Emergency Situations says fire engines rushed to the scene of the blast where people are feared trapped.

A strong explosion hit a large market in Armenia’s capital on Sunday, setting off a fire and reportedly trapping people under rubble, according to the government and media reports.

The Interfax news agency cited Armenia’s emergency services as saying the explosion occurred in a building at the Surmalu retail market, about 2km (1.2 miles) south of the centre of Yerevan, where fireworks are sold.

The cause of the blast was not immediately known.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations said there were 10 fire engines on the spot, and another 10 were on their way to the market.

Photos and videos posted on social media showed a thick column of black smoke over the market and successive detonations could be heard.

Russia’s state news agency TASS cited the city’s mayor as saying an unspecified number of people were trapped in the rubble.

More to follow soon.

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