Explosions in arms depot in Jordan’s Zarqa caused by ‘high temperature’: Army

An explosion at a military numitions depot in the city of Zarqa, 25 kilometres (15 miles) east of the capital Amman. (AFP)

The huge explosions in a military arms depot in Jordan’s city of Zarqa was caused by an increase in temperature inside the facility, the Jordanian Army told Al Arabiya on Friday.

Videos circulating online showed a large ball of fire lighting up the night sky early on Friday after multiple explosions were heard from a Jordanian army base in Zarqa, 25 kilometers east of the capital Amman.

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“An explosion occurred early on Friday… near a warehouse containing old mortar shells being neutralized,” a statement from the military said.

According to the statement, the explosion was the result of high temperatures that caused a chemical reaction in one of the shells.

Jordan has been experiencing a heatwave that caused temperatures to soar past 48 degrees Celsius.

Several injuries have been reported, but military sources say there are no casualties.

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