Burma gunpowder warehouse blast kills 17, injures scores (video)

A fire and a massive explosion at state warehouses storing gunpowder in Burma’s main city of Rangoon on Thursday left 17 people dead and injured more than 100. The blasts occurred as firefighters worked to put out the blaze, the Associated Press reports. Six firefighters died in the blast.


Smoke and fire rise from a warehouse in an eastern Rangoon suburb, Burma, Dec. 29. (Khin Maung Win/AP)

The fire and blasts also devastated 76 homes, 16 warehouses, and a Buddhist monastery. The explosion, which is not to thought to have been caused by a bomb, left a 20-foot-wide and 15-foot-deep crater behind.

Firefighters are still searching for bodies in the debris.

Watch video of the fire below, from news network Democratic Voice of Burma. (Translation is not available.)

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