Video captures horrific explosion in Yerevan market: at least one person killed, 36 injured

Another 36 people were injured.

More than three hours after an explosion in the Surmalu market early Sunday afternoon, firefighters struggled to extinguish the blaze, which sent a towering plume of smoke over central Yerevan.

Rescuers and volunteers searched for victims who may have been trapped under the rubble.

An AP reporter at the scene saw two people being pulled from the rubble, a woman with an injured leg and a young man who appeared to be unconscious.

Emergency Situations Minister Armen Pambuchtian said that two sisters were pulled alive from under the rubble.

Fireworks continued to explode as firefighters and rescue workers worked through thick smoke.

It is not yet clear what caused the explosion.

Emergencies Ministry spokesman Aik Kostanian said one person was killed and 36 were injured, but it was unclear if anyone else was trapped under the rubble.

The Ministry of Health reported that 26 people were taken to hospital; 11 of them are minors.

Located about 2km south of the city centre, the market is popular for its low prices and variety of goods.

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