| 8 December 2023, Friday |

Uzbekistan: Powerful explosion near Tashkent airport

On Thursday morning, a significant explosion in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, resulted in several individuals sustaining injuries. The incident took place at a warehouse in close proximity to the Islam Karimov Tashkent International Airport, as reported by the Uzbek news website Daryo, citing information from the Ministry of Emergency Situations.
The ministry later confirmed that the fire had been contained.

Footage circulating on social media showed a column of flames and smoke rising into the night sky.

Authorities said the cause of the explosion was unclear but added that fire crews had been able to respond quickly.

“The area of the fire is being reduced,” the ministry said on the Telegram messaging app. “The situation is completely under control.”

The ministry said a “special laboratory” had been set up at the scene to investigate the explosion.

Emergency services at the scene
Dozens of fire and rescue crews and vehicles have arrived at the warehouse, Daryo reported.

“At the moment, there are not any seriously injured. Right now, doctors are furnishing all necessary medical assistance,” the Health Ministry said on Telegram.

“Emergency medical care is also being provided to people injured in the fire at the scene of the accident and in the surrounding apartments.”

Accidents due to dilapidated equipment and poor adherence to safety standards are common in Uzbekistan, but incidents of this magnitude are rare.

  • DW