A series of explosions in a fireworks factory in colombia on Tuesday (26 August) resulted in the death of at least 13 people and another 50 being injured.
GV PAN EXT Smoke rising from destroyed factory with firemen sifting through rubble.
SCU PULL BACK Charred body.
GV ZOOM SV Human remains being removed on stretcher.
SV Firemen sifting through rubble.
SB Charred body being removed on stretcher.
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Background: A series of explosions in a fireworks factory in colombia on Tuesday (26 August) resulted in the death of at least 13 people and another 50 being injured.
SYNOPSIS: The factory was situated near the city of Cali, about 500 kilometres (300 miles) south of the capital, Bogota. Six of the thirteen persons presumed dead are still missing, buried in the ruble of the destroyed factory. The volatile explosive went up with such force and intensity that nothing remained of the large factory.
The bodies found in the wreckage were charred beyond recognition.
Witnesses said there were three explosions, and reports put the financial loss to the company, quite apart from the lives lost, at four and a half million dollars. Vehicles and anything else near the plant also burned in the holocaust.
The factory had only recently been re-equipped with new machinery from abroad. But as firemen sifted through the smouldering rubble no clues as to the cause of the explosion surfaced. Even the number of those killed was difficult to ascertain as some bodies had been blown to pieces.
Investigations continue into the reason for the fire, that became a dreadful funeral pyre, for so many.