Three people were killed after a powerful explosion on Monday morning destroyed an ammunitions factory near the city of Grevena, northern Greece.
The three people were employees of the factory. One more employee who had just come off his shift and was leaving to go home was injured in the explosion and transferred to Grevena hospital in a state of shock.
The director of Grevena hospital, Eftychia Kapatou, told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency that the guard has received first aid and his condition gives no cause for concern.
The whole factory completely destroyed from the explosion
“The whole production unit has been destroyed. It is a place of carnage,” said an officer of the local fire service unit.
According to the officer, the explosion was so big that it “moved boulders up to 200-300 meters away.”
The police have cordoned off the area for precautionary reasons.
Grevena mayor Giorgos Damastanis said that the explosion was heard for miles around, even in neighboring municipalities, and that some of the factory’s facilities that produced explosives were underground for safety reasons.
Grevena lies about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from Athens and about 180 km (112 miles) from Thessaloniki. The municipality’s population is 25,905.
Grevena has had access to the Egnatia Odos since the early 2000s, which now connects Igoumenitsa with Thessaloniki and Alexandroupoli at the border with Turkey. Mountains surround the municipality, which is situated by the river Greveniotikos, which itself flows into the Aliakmon.