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Consecutive explosions at weapons factory in Belgrade, 2 dead and 15 injured

Consecutive explosions at weapons factory in Belgrade, 2 dead and 15 injured

A series of explosions rocked an ammunition factory on the outskirts of Belgrade, in the municipality of Leštane, killing at least two people and injuring at least 15 others.

Serbian media report that large white smoke came out of the scene, and a series of smaller explosions occurred after the initial explosion.

According to the Interior Ministry, the first explosion occurred around 14:00 local time (13:00 GMT) on Tuesday. Authorities have told local media that there is a real risk of further explosions.

According to local media, the blasts occurred at a rocket factory when their fuel caught fire. There were reportedly about 100 workers on duty at the facility at the time of the blast. Two people were killed and at least 15 others were injured, TV Prva reported.

Three people were reportedly transported to the intensive care unit and two others were sent to the Military Medical Academy.

The Serbian Interior Ministry said the blast was "reported in a factory" on the ring road in Leshtana, near Bubanj Potok, and that firefighters and police were immediately dispatched to the scene.

Five ambulance crews were spotted going to the scene, while police stopped and redirected traffic in the area. Emergency services said they were still searching for the injured. According to a Blic journalist, people were shouting for help from a nearby forest area.

Locals claimed the ground had been shaken for almost a minute after the initial explosion, while others said they thought the area was being attacked.