A series of explosions ripped through a town outside Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat on July 7 causing numerous casualties and widespread damage, while plunging sections of the city into darkness. The epicenter of the tragedy apparently was a military storage facility, where some sort of accident caused a large amount of ordnance to explode.
The first massive explosion occurred at about 4:40 pm in Bezmein, also known as Abadan, situated about 20 kilometers to the west of Ashgabat. Witnesses reported that the initial explosion was followed by a series of lesser blasts. Rockets could be seen sailing through the sky and exploding, artillery shells were also reportedly detonating throughout the town.
The town reportedly was evacuated. Estimates on the number of dead and wounded were not immediately available. But dozens of ambulances could be seen racing through the streets of Ashgabat in the hours immediately following the first explosion.
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