4 Reportedly Killed، 26 Hurt in Powerful Blast at Pyrotechnics Factory in Bogota
Saturday 11/May/2019 - 09:44 AM
Four people have died and at least 26 were injured on Friday during a powerful explosion at a pyrotechnics factory in Bogota، local media reported، Sputnik reported.
According to the Colombian Cablenoticias TV broadcaster، the explosion took place at 1 p.m. (18:00 GMT). Pedro Manosalva، the chief of the Bogota fire department، said that firefighters were at the scene tending to the victims. The loud explosion tore through two levels of a brick building and also damaged several nearby vehicles and another building.
According to media reports، the Colombian authorities do not suspect the incident was terror-related and are reportedly looking into a possible cause. Colombian authorities are also reportedly investigating whether the property was being used for the pproduction of gunpowder for use in the popular game of "tejo".
The centuries-old game is played by hurling a metal disc at little packets of gunpowder.