An enormous explosion has ripped by means of a market within the Armenian capital, killing not less than one individual and injured 36 extra.
The blast from a fireworks storage space sparked a big fireplace within the centre of Yerevan, which firefighters battled for greater than three hours this afternoon.
Rescue employees and native helpers have been seen looking for any victims who might need been trapped underneath slabs of concrete and twisted metallic.
The well being ministry confirmed earlier that 26 individuals, together with 11 youngsters, had been taken to hospital.
The Surmalu market was devastated by the explosion, which despatched residents fleeing for security and a towering column of smoke excessive into the sky.
A reporter with the Related Press information company mentioned they noticed two individuals pulled from the rubble – a lady with an injured leg and a younger man who seemed to be unconscious.
Emergencies minister Armen Pambukhchyan added that two sisters had been pulled alive from the wreckage.
Fireworks continued to blow up because the rescuers labored by means of thick smoke.
The market, about two kilometres south of the town centre, is fashionable for its low costs and number of items.
There was no instant affirmation of what set the fireworks off.