The explosion at a rocket factory near Ankara was due to an uncontrolled chemical reaction during the production of explosives, said the governor of the Turkish capital, Vasip Shahin.
According to TRT Haber, Shaheen added that five workers were killed. To date, rescuers have reached all the people trapped under the rubble, “there are no wounded,” he said.
The country’s Prosecutor General’s Office launched an investigation into the incident.
The Ministry of National Defense of Turkey noted that the buildings of the plant are located at a distance from each other due to the specifics of production. The explosion occurred in a small building and did not affect the rest of the production.
The ministry also commented on media reports that the workers who died were inexperienced: “This is a constantly running factory, not a place that suddenly started working. New workers may have been hired, but this is a factory that has been operating since time immemorial,” the agency said in a statement.
Recall that the explosion occurred at a rocket factory in the Elmadag district, which is located east of the city in the province of Ankara. The enterprise fulfills orders for the needs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Defense of Turkey.
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