Massive blaze erupts at Indonesian ammunition site: Report

JAKARTA: Indonesian firefighters were on Saturday (Mar 30) struggling to extinguish a massive fire that broke out at a military ammunition facility just outside the capital city, media reported.

There were no immediate report of casualties in the incident in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta.

Amateur footage broadcast by local network KompasTV showed bright orange flames lighting up billowing clouds of smoke against the night sky, while loud explosions and screams could be heard from several kilometres away.

Reuters could not immediately verify the footage.

KompasTV reported that the fire broke out at about 6.30pm (7.30pm, Singapore time) and was not yet under control.

An army official, Kristomei Sianturi, told KompasTV that the authorities were evacuating people from nearby neighbourhoods.

Firefighters could not yet extinguish the fire, he said.

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