Istanbul fireworks explosion

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The 2008 Istanbul Fireworks Explosion occurred on 1 February 2008. An unlicensed fireworks factory exploded accidentally, leaving by some reports at least 22 people dead and at least 100 injured;[1] others sources reported the death toll was 17 and 40 injured.[2] The building that housed the unlicensed factory was in Davutpaşa, an industrial neighborhood. It was a multistory workshop complex it shared with other manufacturers of paint, socks and textiles. Two separate explosions[3] were reported some five minutes apart from each other, the first possibly happening in the top floor fireworks factory, and the second larger explosion, reportedly emanating from the basement boilers where the paint manufacturing was located.[2]

After the incident the building was partially collapsed and this had caused many of the victims to be crushed to death when floors collapsed.[1]

The factory had reportedly been shut down by authorities twice prior to this incident, but continued to operate illegally.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Fireworks Explosion in Istanbul Kills 22". THE NEW YORK TIMES. 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  2. ^ a b "Illegal Fireworks Blast Leaves 17 Dead". SKY News. 2008-01-31. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  3. ^ a b "Could factory blast have been averted?". TODAY'S ZAMAN. 2008-02-02. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2011-09-04.