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Armenian Capital Yerevan Market Rocked By Explosion, Over 50 Wounded, Multiple Deaths

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The main market in the capitol of Armenia, Yerevan, exploded today in a blast said to be ignited in a firework storage area.

An explosion rocked the Surmalu wholesale market in Yerevan on Sunday, causing a strong fire, the country’s emergencies ministry said in a statement, reported Russian state news agency TASS.

“An explosion rocked the Surmalu market, after which a fire started with the third category assigned. A firefighting and rescue team was sent to the spot, and later two more,” the ministry said.

There are fatalities due to the blast, witnesses told TASS. According to preliminary information, a warehouse of pyrotechnics is on fire. Over 50 wounded, and multiple deaths have been reported.

“The body of a woman has been found. She is the third victim,” declared the Armenian Health Ministry.

According to Armenian Emergencies Minister Armen Pambukhchyan, twenty people who cannot get in touch with their relatives contacted the ministry; sixty-one people were taken to hospitals, with 36 of them being in condition of moderate gravity.

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