In Israel an explosion ripped through a government munitions factory in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Hasharon on Thursday (10 May).
In Israel an explosion ripped through a government munitions factory in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Hasharon on Thursday (10 May). One worker was killed and more than twelve injured. police described the blast as an accident.
SYNOPSIS: Thursday's explosion was the third to occur at this plant in as many years. Three years ago a similar blast injured pupils at a nearby school, and killed four people. Only a few months ago, there was a smaller accident.
This time six of the injured were children, again from the nearby school. it was not known until the following day that one worker had died in the explosion. Officials said his body was discovered in a search of the ruins.
Residents are petitioning the government to move the plant to a less populated area -- a plan that has been long delayed. After visiting the plant Defence Minister Ezer Weizman has ordered an enquiry. He said that although it would costs millions to move the factory, he was searching for a new site.
About fifteen thousand people live within a mile of the plant. Overall damage to the factory and nearby buildings is estimated at millions of pounds Sterling.
An witness described the explosion.