In a tragic incident that shook the capital city of Uzbekistan, one person lost their life, and 160 others sustained injuries in a powerful explosion. Reports suggest that the explosion, which occurred near Tashkent International Airport, was possibly triggered by the detonation of electric car batteries.
The blast, which took place inside a massive customs warehouse, was so immense that it could be heard from a staggering 20 miles away. The surrounding buildings suffered extensive damage, and the airfield itself was not spared from the destruction.
The young life of a 15-year-old boy was tragically cut short when a frame collapsed on him as a result of the explosion. The exact number of individuals present in the warehouse at the time of the explosion remains unclear, but authorities have confirmed that 163 people were injured.
Startling footage captured the moment of the explosion at 2:43 am, as a massive fireball shot hundreds of feet into the sky, illuminating the night in this ex-Soviet republic. Initial reports initially hinted at a plane crash as the cause of the inferno, but authorities later denied this connection, as it became evident that the explosion was responsible for the thunderous impact that reverberated across much of the city.
Dozens of ambulances swiftly transported the wounded to hospitals, with 24 people requiring hospitalization, although their lives were not in danger. An additional 138 individuals received medical attention for various injuries, with at least five children suffering wounds from shattered glass.
Initially, the Uzbek Interior Ministry stated that lightning had struck a warehouse storing electric cars and batteries, leading to a massive explosion and fire in Tashkent. However, doubts emerged later regarding lightning’s role in the incident.
Reports indicated that electric car batteries stored at the airport warehouse had exploded, leading to the complete destruction of the facility due to the shockwave. There were suspicions that explosives might have also been present in the warehouse operated by Inter Logistics LLC, considering the scale of the blast, but official sources denied this claim.
Sixteen separate firefighting teams battled the enormous blaze that engulfed an area spanning more than 32,000 square feet. Morning footage depicted local residents assessing the damage to their shattered windows and homes, while firefighters continued their efforts to control the blaze, with smoke still billowing from the scene.
Social media posts from Uzbek outlets reported that 16 fire and rescue teams had been dispatched to combat the fire at one of the warehouses in the Sergeli district, near the airport.
The blast’s shockwave was felt by residents in Nurafshan, a town located 20 miles south of Tashkent, far from the explosion’s epicenter. The Uzbek Emergencies Ministry vehemently denied false rumors circulating on social media that the incident was the result of a plane crash, categorically labeling them as baseless.
The ministry later affirmed its commitment to determining the precise cause of the explosion. Despite the devastating incident, flights at the airport appeared to operate normally, according to data from the flight tracking website FlightRadar24.
However, a notice to airmen issued at 10:15 pm GMT on the preceding day stated that a runway at the airport would be closed for takeoff and landing between 2 am and 7 pm on the following day, with a segment available for taxiing, though the reason for this closure was not provided.
Uzbekistan, the most populous of the central Asian former Soviet republics, often witnesses fires attributed to outdated equipment and poor adherence to safety standards. While such accidents are not uncommon, incidents of this magnitude remain rare.
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