Blasts, fire at Venezuela arms depot, 40 wounded

A fire set off a series of explosions at a military arms depot in the city of Maracay, injuring about 40 people and leading authorities to evacuate the area.

Updated: Jan 30, 2011, 18:12 PM IST

Caracas: A fire set off a series
of explosions at a military arms depot in the city of Maracay
today, injuring about 40 people and leading authorities to
evacuate the area, an official said.

Residents were being evacuated from areas within six
kilometres (about four miles) surrounding the arms depot,
Aragua state Gov Rafael Isea told state television. He said
about 40 people were reported injured in the explosions.

The cause of the fire was unclear. Information Minister
Andres Izarra went on state television calling for calm and
saying that authorities were tending to the situation.

Isea said smaller explosions were continuing today
morning and that firefighters would wait until they had
subsided to approach those areas.

PTI