Published: Sat, October 28, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Indonesia police comb site of deadly fireworks factory explosions

Indonesia police comb site of deadly fireworks factory explosions

PT Panca Buana Cahaya Sukes reportedly employed 103 workers at the factory.

All the victims were the factorys workers who were busy packing fireworks when the incident happened, Teluknaga police chief Adjunct Commissioner, Fredy Yuda, said.

Witnesses say the explosions could be heard kilometres away.

The death toll is expected to rise as some workers suffered critical burns, while 10 others remain unaccounted for.

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"Besides the 20 fatalities, four other residents [of the neighborhood] were badly injured and are still hospitalized, while five others have yet to been found", Tamsir said.

Survivors told authorities the fire started in a section of the factory where fireworks are dried.

An exit gate at the back of the factory was found to have been locked.

"We hope the police are more careful going forward", said Taufiqulhadi, who uses one name like many Indonesians.

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"We have sent him (Liyono) to the Jakarta metropolitan police", said Kurniawan.

The factory is next to a residential area in Tangerang, a city in Banten province on the western outskirts of Jakarta.

Mr Kurniawan said more than 40 injured people were being treated at three hospitals.

"Investigators will scientifically investigate and at the same time look for the cause of the fire", the spokesman said. "It's hard to say but it can take several procedures, months", added Firmansyah. "Factory owners or anyone who neglects and violates safety rules should be held legally responsible".

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