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Six people dead and six injured in explosion at fireworks factory

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Six people dead and six injured in explosion at fireworks factory
The explosion at a fireworks factory in Pinseque near Zaragoza. Photo: Isabel Mindan / AFP
15:27 CEST+02:00
UPDATED: An explosion at a fireworks factory left six people dead and six seriously wounded on Monday in Zaragoza.

The explosion occurred at about 2:15pm on Monday at a fireworks factory near Pinseque.

Spain's Civil Guard confirmed that a body had been found in the early hours of Tuesday morning, bringing the number of dead to six. Another six people - three woman and three men between the ages of 25 and 57 - were seriously injured in the explosion.

The cause of the explosion is still not known.

Those injured have been transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The sound of the explosion could be heard fup to 20 kms away and neighbours reported feeling the ground shake, according to EFE.

Spanish television images showed plumes of smoke rose from warehouses at the factory.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who is currently meeting with Angela Merkel in Germany, tweeted his condolences: "From Germany, I would like to send my condolences to the families to those who died in Zaragoza, and I hope that the injured get well soon": 

The same fireworks company also suffered an accident in 1984 when several explosions destroyed seven warehouses where fireworks were stored, according to El Pais.

The Pirotecnia Zaragozana factory employs around 40 people.

August is a busy time for fireworks factories in Spain as many small towns celebrate religious festivals at this time of year with fireworks shows.

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