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An explosion at a market in Yerevan has left unidentified people trapped under the rubble, the mayor’s office says.
At least one person has been killed and several unidentified people are feared trapped under the rubble after a powerful explosion rocked a retail market in Armenia’s capital Yerevan, officials said.
Rescue workers were working to pull people out of the rubble, Yerevan mayor’s spokesman Levon Sardaryan told the Associated Press news agency.
Yerevan-based journalist Maria Titizian said the market building had collapsed and was still burning. The death toll is expected to rise, she said.
“The afternoon market is very busy and hence it is difficult to give an exact figure at the moment,” she said.
“According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, a fire broke out where fireworks are sold, they believe that was the cause of the explosion but this cannot be confirmed at this stage,” Titizian said.
The Emergencies Ministry said 10 fire engines were at the scene and another 10 were on their way to the Surmalu market, about 2km (1.2 miles) south of the city centre.
The cause of the explosion was not immediately known.
Thick columns of black smoke could be seen in the market as one explosion after another could be heard in photos and videos posted on social media.
At least 20 people were injured in the blast, the Emergencies Ministry said.