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Three dead after blast in Italian explosives factory

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Three dead after blast in Italian explosives factory
File photo courtesy of Vigili del Fuoco (Italian fire brigade)

Three people were killed in an explosion at a factory in central Italy on Wednesday, firefighters said.

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The explosion near Chieti - whose cause is so far unknown - occurred near midday at a company that not only manufactures explosives but defuses bombs and mines, according to its website.

Three people were confirmed dead by healthcare workers according to a tweet from Italy's fire service.

Local news reports said there had also been an unknown number of injuries at the plant. The factory, Sabino Explosives, was the scene of another explosion that killed three people in December 2020.

A preliminary hearing over that earlier case was due to open on Thursday, according to media reports.

The company was put into receivership following the investigation into the earlier blast and did not reopen until seven months later in July 2021, reports said.

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