A powerful explosion in a customs warehouse sounded last night near the airport of Tashkent, the capital of the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan. According to initial reports, this warehouse exploded after a storage building filled with electric cars and batteries was probably struck by lightning. According to other sources, it is a short circuit in the lighting that would be at the origin of this disaster.
UZBEKISTÁN EXPLOSIÓN 🇺🇿 MASIVA en los almacenes de la aduana del Aeropuerto Internacional Tashkent, por las características de la explosión se trató de baterías de Litio, probablemente un lote grande de autos se incendió y explotó. Dañó edificios a 30 kilómetros a la redonda. pic.twitter.com/JbpFdbAXhm
— Jon Tapia Pro (@JonTapiaSS) September 28, 2023
However, the shock wave of the explosion caused serious damage to buildings more than 30 km away.
Massive explosion at Tashkent airport causes tremors felt over 30 km away. #Tashkent #Uzbekistan #Explosion #Update
Although the specifics surrounding the explosion remain limited, it has raised widespread concern and immediate action. pic.twitter.com/OV6J21VMKf
— Siraj Noorani (@sirajnoorani) September 28, 2023
One dead and more than 160 injured
According to an initial assessment by the Ministry of Health, a 13-year-old boy was killed and 169 injured people were treated. "Emergency medical care is also being provided to those injured in the fire at the scene of the accident and in surrounding apartments," the ministry said.
This is what a warehouse in #Tashkent, #Uzbekistan looks like now after an explosion The explosion
and fire injured 163 people. pic.twitter.com/MAhL52coY1
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) September 28, 2023
The authorities said that operations at the nearby airport had been able to resume normally.
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