Blasts Happen at Jordan munitions depot, no Accidents reported

ZARQA, Jordan — Many explosions happened early Friday at a Jordanian military foundation warehouse in which unusable mortar shells were stored, with no immediate reports of any injuries, police said.

The warehouses have been in an isolated region east of the town of Zarqa, which has been sealed off by security forces. The military released a statement stating that recent high temperatures had caused a chemical reaction within those cubes, triggering the explosion.

Government spokesman Amjad Adaileh was quoted from the state-run Petra news agency as saying that there were no reports of accidents.

The area remains on the border after last month’s massive explosion in Beirut, that had been brought on by the seemingly accidental ignition of almost 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate which was stored in a warehouse at the Lebanese capital’s interface for many decades.

The Aug. 4 burst killed 192 people, wounded 6,500, abandoned a quarter-million people displaced, and caused damage worth billions of dollars.