Civil defense: 5 dead in Jordan customs storage area blast

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Posted: Oct 26, 2015 11:26 AM

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Two containers filled with fireworks exploded at a customs storage area in Jordan's capital of Amman on Monday, killing five people and wounding 10, several critically, a civil defense official said.

A huge column of smoke rose into the sky and dust filled the air after what area resident Saleh Ibrahim described as a "really violent explosion."

The blast also damaged several dozen nearby cars, said Iyad al-Amer, a civil defense officer.

Al-Amer said Jordan's prime minister and interior minister rushed to the site of the explosion in Amman's main customs storage area.

The officer said the blast went off in two containers that had been filled with fireworks.