Turkey's defense minister said that 3 people died in a blast at the gunpowder factory of Mechanical & Chemical Industry Corp. (MKE) in central Anatolian province of Kirikkale on Friday.
Delivering a statement on the incident, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul said that 26 people, who were wounded in the blast, were currently under treatment in Kirikkale State Hospital.
"The blast did not take place in the factory building or the main storage, but it occurred in the section where the main mixer was located," Gonul said.
Gonul also said after the first blast in the mixer section, another major explosion took place in a storage where products were kept before being packaged.
"We thank God that there were no workers around when the blasts took place," he said.
Gonul also said that inspectors from the Turkish Defense Ministry and MKE were currently examining the site.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Ağustos 2008, 14:15