An explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in the Indonesian province of East Java left four people dead and more than a dozen injured. Footage from a surveillance camera (see video above) shows how the building blows up.
A loud explosion startled residents of the village of Karangbendo in East Java on Sunday evening. The force of the blast was so great that 26 houses in a radius of about 300 meters were damaged. Thirteen residents were injured, including a four-month-old baby, local media reported.
Burning cigarette caused explosion
The bodies of four people were found in the completely destroyed illegal fireworks factory. “Based on the results of our investigation, it is suspected that the explosion was caused by a spark from a lit cigarette,” said the police chief of the nearby city of Blitar.
The four dead were not experienced fireworks manufacturers and may have been trying to make money by producing and selling low-quality fireworks in the weeks leading up to Ramadan.
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