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  • Explosion, inferno at Indonesia firecracker factory kills 23

    26 October JAKARTA (Indonesia) -An explosion and inferno at a firecracker factory near the Indonesian capital on Thursday killed at least 23 people and injured dozens, police said.

    The fire began Thursday morning at the factory 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 and that the factory’s roof had collapsed.

    Tangerang police chief Hary Kurniawan said more than 40 injured people were being treated at three hospitals.

    Indonesian people look at a firecracker factory that burned down in Tangerang Kota, Banten province on October 26, 2017.
    At least 47 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a blaze that tore through a fireworks factory outside Jakarta, police said, triggering explosions and sending plumes of black smoke into the air. / AFP PHOTO / DEMY SANJAYA (Photo credit should read DEMY SANJAYA/AFP/Getty Images)

    The factory had been operating for less than two months, he said.

    Indonesia’s MetroTV, quoting a local official, said although the factory had a permit, its proximity to a residential area was against regulations. Safety laws are often inconsistently enforced in Indonesia.

    A Jakarta police official, Nico Afinda, said the bodies were found piled at the rear of the building.

    The factory had more than 100 employees, according to Afinda.

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