Fireworks factory explodes in western Galilee

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.

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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.

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