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5 killed, 38 injured in pyrotechnics warehouse blast in Zamboanga City

At least five individuals, including children, were killed while 38 others were injured after an explosion occurred in a warehouse of pyrotechnics devices in Zamboanga City on Saturday afternoon, June 29.

Zamboanga City Mayor John Dalipe ordered the concerned local government agencies to assist the victims.

The city government said the blast took place at around 4 p.m. in a warehouse located at Marquez Drive, Tetuan.

Citing the report of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, it said that of those injured, 30 obtained minor wounds while eight suffered serious injuries “but not life-threatening.”

The blast also destroyed structures nearby and has affected power lines in the area.

Authorities temporarily closed the roads leading to the blast site.

Dalipe rushed to the scene to closely coordinate with the authorities conducting the investigation, the city government said.

He directed the City Social Welfare and Development Office to look into the needs of the families of those who died in the blast and the City Health Office to help with the medical needs of those injured.

The local government said the fire reached the first alarm at 4:16 p.m. and elevated to the second alarm at 4:24 p.m. It was declared under control at 5:26 p.m.

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