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Indonesia fireworks factory explosions kill 47, injure dozens

The incident occurred at around 9 am at the factory located in Tangerang area

AFP | PTI  |  Tangerang 

Police officers and rescuers carry a body at the site of an explosion at a firecracker factory in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: AP/PTI
Police officers and rescuers carry a body at the site of an explosion at a firecracker factory in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: AP/PTI

At least 47 people have been and dozens more in a blaze that tore through a factory outside Jakarta, police said today, triggering and sending plumes of black smoke into the air. "In total 47 people died.

We don't know for sure the number of people who are still unaccounted for," Harry Kurniawan, Tangerang Kota police chief, told Kompas TV.

The incident occurred at around 9 am at the factory located in Tangerang area, reports news agency.

"The bodies were fully charred and we are currently looking for more bodies," a police officer said.

According to the official, the explosion was triggered by a short circuit and the subsequent was caused due to too many raw materials stored in the building.

First Published: Thu, October 26 2017. 20:59 IST
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