• Short Summary

    At least 41 people were killed when an explosion ripped through part of a munitions factory in the western Finnish town of Lapua on Tuesday (13 April).

  • Description

    At least 41 people were killed when an explosion ripped through part of a munitions factory in the western Finnish town of Lapua on Tuesday (13 April).

    The blast, the biggest explosive accident in Finnish history, injured 30 people.

    Rescue workers combed the rubble for any further victims -- despite the danger of masonry falling from what remained of the devastated factory wing.

    The Finnish Red Cross swiftly set up an emergency centre in Lapua--about 190 miles (300 kilometres) from Helsinki -- to bolster hospital facilities in the nearby town of Seinaejoki.

    Ambulances, fire engines and troops were rushed to the scene and blood plasma was lifted in by helicopter.

    The cause of the explosion is still not known. The Finnish Cabinet meeting in emergency session on Tuesday, immediately established a committee of inquiry to study the disaster.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9X0WMKM1D7WE7NURPZ35BGH64
    Media URN:
    VLVA9X0WMKM1D7WE7NURPZ35BGH64
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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