Four dead, 29 injured in Colombian factory explosion

Published May 11, 2019, 10:09 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Agence France-Presse

Four people died and 29 were injured, including 17 children, following an explosion at a factory where gunpowder is handled in Colombia’s capital Bogota on Friday, authorities said.

Firefighters work at the site of an explosion in Bogota, May 10, 2019.(Photo by DANIEL MUNOZ / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Firefighters work at the site of an explosion in Bogota, May 10, 2019.(Photo by DANIEL MUNOZ / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“There are four people without vital signs,” a fire brigade source told AFP.

The explosion happened at midday in a factory that produces wicks for a local Andean game called tejo or turmeque, in which metal discs are thrown at targets that contain gunpowder and explode on impact.

“The causes of the accident are being investigated,” the fire service source said.

 
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