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Fireworks explosion in Armenian capital kills at least 2, injures dozens

A powerful explosion at a fireworks storage area tore through a popular market in the Armenian capital on Sunday, killing at least two people, injuring 60 others and setting off a massive fire.

Firefighters worked through the night following an early afternoon explosion at Surmalu market to extinguish a blaze that caused a thick plume of smoke to blanket central Yerevan.

Rescuers and volunteers searched the still-exploding fireworks for victims who might be trapped under twisted concrete and metal slabs.

Emergencies Minister Armen Pambukhchyan said the ministry had received 20 reports from people saying they were unable to locate loved ones after the blast.

The national health ministry also gave casualty figures for 10 people injured and one victim who was pulled from the rubble.

People help firefighters supply water to put out a fire at a market in Yerevan, Armenia, on Sunday following a powerful fireworks explosion. (Daniel Bolshakov / The Associated Press)

An AP reporter at the scene saw two people being pulled from the rubble – a woman with a leg injury and a young man who appeared to be unconscious.

The market, located two kilometers south of the city center, is famous for its cheap prices and variety of goods.

There was no immediate information on what caused the fireworks to ignite.

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