Oman: An army weapons depot in the Jordanian city of Zarqa reportedly exploded. No casualties have been reported so far.
According to international media reports, a series of explosions took place in a military building in the city of Zarqa, far from the Jordanian capital Oman, on Friday morning.
Jordan’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting Amjad Adilia confirmed that the blasts took place at a military building in Zarqa. Preliminary investigations revealed that the fire was caused by a short circuit which also engulfed the flammable material.
He said the building contained military equipment and other explosives, including mortar shells. When the fire engulfed the building, explosions were heard in remote areas.
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According to official media reports, the Army General Command said that no casualties were reported from the blasts but a large part of the building was affected. He said that a committee has been formed to investigate the incident and find out the cause of the blasts, which will submit an investigation report to the Interior Ministry.
The blasts shattered windows of nearby houses and shattered windows of nearby parked vehicles.
A government spokesman said in a statement that “the mortar shells and explosives in the military equipment center were unusable. The military storage facility is located a short distance from the populated area.”
According to the report, the city of Zarqa is located at a distance of about 25 km from the capital Oman and has several storage facilities for military equipment.
According to the report, there have been several explosions in Zarqa city in the past and the reason for this is said to be the occurrence of fires due to the prolonged presence of unusable explosives.
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