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Massive explosion in Jordan

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Early on Friday, a massive explosion occurred in an arms munitions depot located in the city of Zarqa, Jordan. Residents reported seeing a huge orange flame in the night sky, which could be seen from 35 km far away, in Amman. A Zarqa resident Nabila Issa described the moment the explosion took place ‘We felt like an earthquake had struck. Our windows shook and glass shattered. My kids started crying.’

A government spokesman, Amjad Adailah, said that the cause of the explosion is most likely due to an electric circuit, ‘Initial investigations show that the explosion was caused by an electric circuit in army ammunition depots that are in an isolated and unpopulated area and under camera surveillance.’ The electrical circuit possibly set off a storage of old bombs.The area is located in the east of Zarqa in the desert. This area also houses several army bases equipped by the United States. This includes an airfield built in 2018.

Mr. Adaileh said that no casualties were reported so far, ‘According to the Army General Command, until this moment, no casualties have been recorded as a result of the explosion.’ The army sealed the city of Zarqa, and did not let traffic leaving or entering the city. Journalists attempting to come close to the site of explosion were stopped from 10km far away.

The source of the explosion is under investigation.

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