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​Military ammunition warehouse explodes in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 10:58 GMT+7
​Military ammunition warehouse explodes in Vietnam’s Central Highlands
Fire broke out after explosions at an ammunition warehouse belonging to a military brigade in Vietnam on January 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Continuous blasts that lasted nearly an hour rocked a central Vietnam community late Wednesday after an ammunition warehouse belonging to a local military brigade exploded, forcing panic-stricken locals to evacuate the area.

The explosions started around 10:00 pm at an ammunition warehouse belonging of Armored Tank Brigade 273, stationed in Kdang Commune, Dak Doa District in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai.

Nguyen Thi Thanh Nga, a local resident living more than two kilometers from the explosions, said she was preparing for bed when a series of violent bangs shook her house like an earthquake.

“When I got outside, I saw a large column of black and red smoke rising from the military base,” Nga recalled.

“I grabbed what I could, put my kid on the motorbike, and drove as far as possible to escape the explosions. They lasted for at least 40 minutes. I felt as if the glass inside my house would shatter,” she said.

Three fire trucks were deployed to the incident but were unable to move within a kilometer of the facility due to safety reasons.

Traffic police officers block an access road into the site of the explosions at a military ammunition warehouse in Gia Lai Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Traffic police officers block an access road leading to the site of the explosions at a military ammunition warehouse in Gia Lai Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre

By 1:00 am on Thursday, a perimeter had been set around the warehouse to prevent onlookers from getting too close to the danger zone, according to Colonel Le Xuan Hoa, commander of Gia Lai Province’s Military Command.

“Authorities have evacuated local residents and soldiers stationed at nearby bases,” Hoa said.

Le Viet Tham, chairman of Dak Doa District, said at 12:30 am on Thursday that a report of the damage will not be made available until all evacuation and firefighting efforts have been completed.

No casualties had been reported by 3:40 am the same day.

Ama Rinh, a local living approximately five kilometers from the explosions, said local villagers ran for their lives upon hearing the blasts and waited nearly an hour after the commotion died down before returning home.

“It was a frightening experience, but everyone I know is unharmed,” Rinh said.

Authorities evacuate local residents living close to the explosions at a military ammunition warehouse in Gia Lai Province. Clip: Tuoi Tre

Authorities evacuate local residents living close to the explosions at a military ammunition warehouse in Gia Lai Province. Clip: Tuoi Tre

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