Saturday, February 02, 2008

Fireworks Explosion in Istanbul Kills 22

What a finale!

An unlicensed fireworks factory here exploded accidentally, leaving at least 22 people dead and at least 100 injured, Turkish officials said Thursday.

Do unlicensed firework factories ever explode on purpose?

The building that housed the unlicensed factory, in Davutpasa, an industrial neighborhood, partly collapsed.

Hey, if it only partly collapsed after exploding, that's some strong architecture.

Many victims were crushed to death when some floors collapsed.

You mean ceilings. Can't be crushed by a floor, unless the floor is over you, therefore making it a ceiling.

“It’s certain that the explosion was related to a sparkler, torch or fireworks,” Mr. Guler said.

You're probably right. Fire probably had a hand in this explosion.

As many as eight victims were bystanders watching the fire from the first blast, when a second one occurred, killing them, Agence France-Presse reported.

So what have we learned? When there is an explosion, you should move away. Far away. This isn't rocket science people, although, bottle rockets were involved.


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