A large explosion in Uzbekistan has left a 15-year-old boy dead, and at least 162 others injured.
At 2:43am local time near the Tashkent Airport in Uzbekistan, a huge explosion occurred which could be felt for 20 miles away.
The explosion occurred at a customs warehouse near the airport.
The warehouse was apparently full of electric car batteries, which appear to have triggered the blast.
Unverified reports claim that lightning may have struck the warehouse, causing the batteries to explode.
Several videos of the explosion have made the rounds on social media.
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The Sun reported on the explosion:
A BOY of 15 has been killed in a giant explosion feared to have been triggered by detonating electric car batteries.
At least 163 were also injured following the huge blast in a customs warehouse near Tashkent Airport in Uzbekistan in the early hours, which was felt up to 20 miles away.
Shocking footage shows the explosion at 2.43am local time, which caused damage to hundreds of houses and other buildings over a vast area.
Batteries for electric cars exploded at the airport warehouse, it is understood.
Dozens of ambulances ferried the wounded to hospitals and at least five children suffered wounds from shattered glass.
This massive explosion in Uzbekistan last night was allegedly caused by lightning striking a warehouse filled with electric vehicles and EV batteries. pic.twitter.com/UWXScm01p7
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The New York Post reported on the aftermath:
In video and photographs on social media, flames soared into the night sky, with a huge cloud of smoke hanging above the warehouse, but the cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.
A special laboratory had been set up at the scene to investigate the blast, the emergencies ministry said.
“As a result of the quick actions of emergencies ministry employees, the area of the fire is being reduced,” it added on the Telegram messaging app.
Several videos caught the gigantic explosion and are now circulating on social media:
A Customs Warehouse near the International Airport in the Uzbekistan Capital of Tashkent is reported to have Exploded earlier tonight after a Storage Building filled with Electric Cars and Batteries was possibly struck by Lightning; the Shockwave from the Explosion is said to… pic.twitter.com/IAWsbHw4ud
— OSINTdefender (@sentdefender) September 28, 2023
According to first reports, a large shipment of batteries for electric vehicles could the cause of tonight’s massive explosion at the airport in Tashkent, Uzbekistan pic.twitter.com/LzwAn25ObK
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) September 28, 2023
I don't think it was just a random explosion at the electric battery warehouse (as reported). pic.twitter.com/jWeCWWVudR
— Abhijeet Tripathi (@AbhTri_) September 28, 2023
Aerial images of the area of the battery factory explosion that occurred a few hours ago in the city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. pic.twitter.com/qvSUrS0uxB
— FH Operador (@fh_operador) September 28, 2023
🎙️🇺🇿Over the night, a storage building filled with Electric Cars and Batteries was struck by #lightning and caused a massive explosion near #Uzbekistan's International Airport. #Tashkent pic.twitter.com/Cd7DmrZxuY
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