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Indonesian fireworks factory explosion kills dozens

Indonesian police and rescuers evacuate bags containing the bodies of fire victims at a fireworks factory in Tangerang, Indonesia, on Oct. 26, 2017. (Photo: Agoes Rudianto/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Indonesian fireworks factory explosion kills dozens

An explosion and inferno at a fireworks factory near the Indonesian capital on Thursday killed at least 47 people, most of them female workers, and injured dozens, police said.

Witnesses said a huge explosion was heard from the factory at about 10 a.m. and then smaller blasts echoed across the neighborhood as orange flames jumped from the building and columns of black smoke billowed from it.

Hary Kurniawan, chief of police in the Jakarta satellite city of Tangerang, said all the bodies recovered so far were found in the remains of the factory.

The death toll could rise as many of those who escaped have suffered extensive burns, said Nico Afinta, general crimes director at Jakarta police. He said bodies were found piled at the rear of the building.

The factory is located next to a residential area in Tangerang, a city in Banten province on the western outskirts of Jakarta. A police report said the fire spread after an explosion that caused the roof to collapse. (AP)

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