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    In Pakistan, at least fifty people are feared dead in an explosion which wrecked a fireworks factory in Rawalpindi on Wednesday (11 April).

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    In Pakistan, at least fifty people are feared dead in an explosion which wrecked a fireworks factory in Rawalpindi on Wednesday (11 April). A further sixty people were injured in the blast. The factory is located near the centre of the Pakistan capital.

    SYNOPSIS: The blast in Rawalpindi demolished two buildings and police said thirty-three bodies had so far been recovered from the debris. Officials ruled out sabotage as the cause of the explosion.

    A massive clean-up operation was launched to clear the debris and retrieve any more bodies which might be lying under the rubble. There were fears that more than 200 people might be buried under the stonework.

    Businesses in Rawalpindi closed and thousands of people converged on the disaster scene. President Zia-ul-Haq expressed his sympathy for the victims and promised that cash compensation would be paid to the families of the dead and injured. Authorities said the rescue operation would be prolonged because workers were having difficulty reaching the trapped victims.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3FD1HU4ONWR2NUVV3D6Z5MYNN
    Media URN:
    VLVA3FD1HU4ONWR2NUVV3D6Z5MYNN
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/04/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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