At least two people have died and a further 74 were injured this Friday by a series of explosions registered at a fireworks factory in the Turkish province of Sakarya (northeast), as the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, confirmed.
“All possible measures have been taken,” said the president, who expressed his condolences to the relatives of the deceased and wished to see the wounded recover soon, the Turkish state news agency Anatolia reports.
Turkish Health Minister Fahretin Koca has said that 85 ambulances, two medical helicopters and eleven rescue teams have been brought to the site to help the victims.
The factory, to which the Ministers for Home Affairs, Health, Family and Labor have traveled, is located in the city of Hendek and employs between 150 and 200 people. The causes of the event are currently unknown.
Sakarya’s governor, Cetin Oktay Kaldirim, noted that there were 110 tons of explosives in the facility before adding that the explosions could be heard 30 kilometers away, according to the German news agency DPA.