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1 killed, 11 injured in Bocaue fireworks explosions

CAMP JULIAN OLIVAS, Pampanga—One person was reported killed and at least 11 were injured after an explosion occurred inside a fireworks store in Bocaue, Bulacan in Barangay Binang First, Wednesday (October 12) at around 10 in the morning.

Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, concurrent chair of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), told Manila Bulletin that he is still verifying the actual number of casualties after citing police reports that one person was confirmed dead in the fatal fireworks blast.

Firefighters work to put out a fire caused by a large explosion at a row of firecracker stores in Bocaue, Bulacan. MB PHOTO/FEDERICO CRUZ / 2016.mb.com.ph

Firefighters work to put out a fire caused by a large explosion at a row of firecracker stores in Bocaue, Bulacan. MB PHOTO/FEDERICO CRUZ / 2016.mb.com.ph

Citing the reports, Sy-Alvarado also said that more or less 11 persons were hurt in the explosion.

In a radio interview earlier, Bocaue mayor Joni Villanueva said the explosion was caused by a fire that ripped through a group of fireworks stores situated along a major road in Bocaue, a town about 30 km north of Manila.

Villanueva said there were casualties but could not confirmed if there were fatalities.

“Unfortunately, we are hearing some people are dead already but we don’t have the exact figures,” she told a television station in a later interview.

The Governor said the fire had been contained early Wednesday afternoon, and that he ordered an immediate investigation into the explosion.

In the report submitted to Gov. Sy-Alvarado by PDRRMO officers, residents saw huge smoke billowing from a fireworks store after a strong explosion. As the fire spread out, several more explosions were heard from the fireworks market.

The PDRRMO said at least four vehicles have also been damaged by the fire.