Several missing, 6 dead in Armenian fireworks warehouse explosion

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Several missing, 6 dead in Armenian fireworks warehouse explosion

More than a dozen people are missing and six bodies have been recovered from the site of a fireworks warehouse that exploded in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, the emergencies ministry said on Monday.

On Sunday, dozens of people were injured as a result of a blast through the warehouse storing fireworks at a market in Yerevan.

A video shared by the emergency ministry showed a smoldering pile of rubble and twisted metal. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited the scene along with officials, the ministry said.

It wasn't clear what caused the blast, but the authorities have ruled out terrorism.

The footage of the blast shows that there can be no talk of a terrorist act, because first there is fire, smoke rises, and then an explosion, Armenpress news agency quoted emergency minister Armen Pambukhchyan as saying.