Blast in eastern Azerbaijan: Explosions rocks ammo factory in Azerbaijan (video)

17:08 Jul. 26, 2016

Explosions rocks ammo factory in Azerbaijan (video)

Explosion rocked ammo factory in eastern Azerbaijan (photo by twitter.com/stopturkishgov)

At least 20 were injured in the blast

A large explosion was heard in the city of Shirvan in eastern Azerbaijan, RFE/RL reported on Tuesday, July 26. The blast took place at the "Araz" ammunition factory which belongs to the country's Defense Ministry.

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At least 20 were wounded in the incident, they were rushed to a local hospital. One of the injured was in critical condition, sources said.

The government provides no official information about possible casualties so far.

A video of the burding factory was uploaded by the Azerbaijani office of RFE/RL.

Witnesses present at the site say the explosions are still occurring, rocking the city and its surroundings. Windows in multiple buildings have been shattered by the blasts.

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Baku is evacuating the residents that live in the vicinity of the ammo factory. All roads in the 2-kilometer area have been blocked by the police and emergency services. 

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