Fireworks factory explodes in western Galilee
search

Fireworks factory explodes in western Galilee

Five injured in blast; firefighters work to contain the blaze

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Five people were injured Thursday in an explosion at a fireworks factory in the western Galilee in northern Israel.

One person was seriously injured and the rest were moderately injured in the blast. Firefighters were struggling to control the inferno that raged across the industrial zone.

Police blocked off traffic to the area, but said the fire posed no risk to nearby residents.

A resident of the nearby village of Goren said the blast shattered windows and cracked walls 300 meters (yards) away.

“We heard a series of smaller blasts first and thought it was a terrorist attack, since we are so close to the [Lebanese] border. We were told that there was no risk, but I really don’t know what type of fumes we’re breathing now,” said Irit Klehman.

Join us!
A message from the Editor of Times of Israel
David Horovitz

The Times of Israel covers one of the most complicated, and contentious, parts of the world. Determined to keep readers fully informed and enable them to form and flesh out their own opinions, The Times of Israel has gradually established itself as the leading source of independent and fair-minded journalism on Israel, the region and the Jewish world.

We've achieved this by investing ever-greater resources in our journalism while keeping all of the content on our site free.

Unlike many other news sites, we have not put up a paywall. But we would like to invite readers who can afford to do so, and for whom The Times of Israel has become important, to help support our journalism by joining The Times of Israel Community. Join now and for as little as $6 a month you can both help ensure our ongoing investment in quality journalism, and enjoy special status and benefits as a Times of Israel Community member.

Become a member of The Times of Israel Community
read more:
comments