People pulled from rubble as dozens injured in huge blast at Armenian market

At least one person is dead and dozens more are injured after an explosion ripped through a large market in Armenia.

The blast happened at a fireworks storage area at the Surmalu market in the capital Yerevan on Sunday afternoon.

It set off a large fire and more than three hours afterwards, firefighters were still trying to extinguish the flames.

-s from the scene showed a towering column of smoke in the area.

Rescue efforts are under way to find victims believed to be trapped under slabs of concrete and twisted metal.

The Associated Press (AP) said one of its reporters saw two people pulled from the rubble – a woman with a leg injury and a young man who appeared to be unconscious.

At least 36 people are injured, according to AP. Russian news agencies cited the Armenian emergencies ministry as saying 45 were hurt.

Firefighters extinguish a fire after blasts ripped through a fireworks warehouse in a shopping mall in Yerevan, Armenia August 14, 2022. Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

The market is just over a mile south of the city’s centre.

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