AMMAN, Jordan – A huge blast rocked Jordanian military ammunition depot early Friday, according to sources, sparking a large flare of fire at the scene.
There was no immediate report on casualties the blast may have inflicted to people, as it situates in an uninhabited area.
“An explosion occurred in the early hours of Friday … in a warehouse containing unusable mortar bombs belonging to the armed forces,” the government spokesman said in a statement as The National quoted.
The blast happened in the city of Zarqa, 25 kilometers east of the capital Amman, where several Jordanian bases and depots are located, according to report.
An initial investigation determined “the explosion was caused by an electrical short circuit in warehouses situated in an isolated and uninhabited area,” which was under camera surveillance.
But local authorities assigned a committed to further determine the cause of the explosion.
Zarqa governorate, which has a population of about 1.5 million people, has witnessed several explosions in past years, mainly caused by old munitions and fires in warehouses as it is also home to many factories and a free trade area, the report said.