• Short Summary

    THE BOLIVIAN CAPITAL OF LA PAZ WAS RECOVERING ON TUESDAY, MARCH 3RD, FROM A SERIES OF VIOLENT EXPLOSIONS WHICH WRECKED AN ARMY ARSENAL THE PREVIOUS AFTERNOON, KILLING AT LEAST THREE SOLDIERS AND INJURING MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE, AN EMERGENCY ALERT WAS PLACED ON ALL SECURITY FORCES AS PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED FROM SURROUNDING BUILDINGS AND POLICE BEGAN AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAUSE OF THE BLAST.

  • Description

    THE BOLIVIAN CAPITAL OF LA PAZ WAS RECOVERING ON TUESDAY, MARCH 3RD, FROM A SERIES OF VIOLENT EXPLOSIONS WHICH WRECKED AN ARMY ARSENAL THE PREVIOUS AFTERNOON, KILLING AT LEAST THREE SOLDIERS AND INJURING MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE, AN EMERGENCY ALERT WAS PLACED ON ALL SECURITY FORCES AS PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED FROM SURROUNDING BUILDINGS AND POLICE BEGAN AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAUSE OF THE BLAST.

    ALTHOUGH SABOTAGE HAS NOT BEEN ENTIRELY RULED OUT, IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE BLASTS BEGAN WHEN A SOLDIER DROPPED A BOX OF FUSES - SETTING OFF A CHAIN REACTION AMONG EXPLOSIVES WHICH LED MANY PEOPLE TO BELIEVE THAT THE CITY WAS IN THE THROES OF A REVOLUTIONARY COUP. MANY SHOPS IMMEDIATELY CLOSED AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE, AND PARENTS FLOCKED TO SCHOOLS TO SEE IF THEIR CHILDREN WERE SAFE.

    AS THE EXPLOSIONS - WHICH LASTED FOR THREE-AND-A-HALF HOURS - RIPPED THE STONE AND CONCRETE ARSENAL APART, CASES OF BOMBS AND GRENADES WERE DETONATED, MACHINE GUN BULLETS WERE TRIGGERED OFF AND FIRE SWEPT THROUGH THE INSTALLATIONS. HOMES AND BUILDINGS WITHIN A RADIUS OF 1,500 FEET (457 METRES) WERE ROCKED AND WINDOWS SMASHED.

    PRESIDENT ALFREDO OVANDO CANDIA - WHO CAME TO POWER LAST SEPTEMBER AFTER A MILITARY COUP - IMMEDIATELY TOURED THE AREA AND REJECTED ANY SUGGESTIONS OF SABOTAGE WHILE ORDERING A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7DV3FH1XBDTXJI9NURMFBHK18
    Media URN:
    VLVA7DV3FH1XBDTXJI9NURMFBHK18
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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