Huge explosions rocks Jordan military arms depot in Zarqa

A series of large explosions rocked a Jordanian army base outside the city of Zarqa on the northeastern edge of capital Amman. (Supplied)

A loud explosion has been heard in Jordan’s city of Zarqa, with several videos circulating on social media showing a loud ball of fire lighting up the night sky.

A series of large explosions rocked a Jordanian army base outside the city of Zarqa on the northeastern edge of capital Amman, a security source told Reuters.

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Several Jordanian media outlets reported of several injuries as a result of an explosion at the al-Ghabawi ammunition depot area in Zarqa.

Government spokesman Amjad al-Adaileh said in his statement that "so far no injuries have been recorded."

An initial investigation had determined that "the explosion was caused by an electrical short circuit in warehouses situated in an isolated and uninhabited area" which was under camera surveillance.

The army, which swiftly closed off the area, acknowledged that there had been an explosion "in one of the ammunition depots which is being dismantled near the city of Zarqa."

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(With inputs from AFP and Reuters)

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