Big explosion after fireworks retailer ignites close to fashionable road market

Huge explosion at fireworks store AFP|Reuters
The Armenian capital was rocked this afternoon (Image: Vahram Baghdasaryan)

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.

Smoke rises from Surmalu market about two kilometers (1.2 miles) south of the center Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. A strong explosion hit a large market in the capital of Armenia on Sunday, setting off a fire and reportedly trapping people under rubble. The Interfax news agency cited Armenia's emergency service as saying the explosion occurred in a building at the Surmalu market where fireworks were sold. (AP Photo/Daniel Bolshakov)
Thick smoke rises from Surmalu market earlier (Image: AP)

Firefighters extinguish a fire after blasts ripped through a fireworks warehouse in a shopping mall in Yerevan, Armenia August 14, 2022. Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Not less than one individual has been killed (Image: Reuters)

Smoke rises after blasts ripped through a fireworks warehouse in a shopping mall in Yerevan, Armenia August 14, 2022. Hayk Baghdasaryan/Photolure via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Greater than 36 individuals have been injured (Image: Reuters)

SENSITIVE MATERIAL. THIS IMAGE MAY OFFEND OR DISTURB A wounded person is transported on a stretcher after blasts ripped through a fireworks warehouse in a shopping mall in Yerevan, Armenia August 14, 2022. Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
(Image: Reuters)

Firefighters carry a wounded woman through smoke rising from Surmalu market about two kilometers (1.2 miles) south of the center Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. A strong explosion at a fireworks storage area has ripped through a market in Armenia's capital. At least one person has been killed and about 20 others have been injured. The blast on Sunday set off a large fire. (Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure via AP)
Firefighters carry a wounded girl by means of the devastation (Image: AP)

Firefighters extinguish flames as smoke rises from Surmalu market about two kilometers (1.2 miles) south of the center Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. A strong explosion at a fireworks storage area has ripped through a market in Armenia's capital. At least one person has been killed and about 20 others have been injured. The blast on Sunday set off a large fire. (Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure via AP)
Not less than 11 youngsters are in hospital (Image: AP)

People help firefighters to deliver water to extinguish flames at Surmalu market about two kilometers (1.2 miles) south of the center Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. A strong explosion at a fireworks storage area has ripped through a market in Armenia's capital. At least one person has been killed and about 20 others have been injured. The blast on Sunday set off a large fire. (AP Photo/Daniel Bolshakov)
Folks assist firefighters to ship water to extinguish flames (Image: AP)

Firefighters extinguish flames as smoke rises from Surmalu market about two kilometers (1.2 miles) south of the center of Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. A strong explosion at a fireworks storage area has ripped through a market in Armenia's capital. At least one person has been killed and about 20 others have been injured. The blast on Sunday set off a large fire. (Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure via AP)
Fireworks continued to blow up after the preliminary blast (Image: AP)

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.

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