A powerful explosion obliterated a fireworks factory in Cavite yesterday, killing at least five people and injuring 60 others.
The explosion also triggered a fire that gutted the Star Maker Fire Cracker Co. in Barangay Conchu, Trece Martires City.
Calabarzon regional police director Chief Superintendent Perfecto Palad said the cause of the explosion could not be immediately established. The blast left a crater large enough to fit a school bus.
Officials said the explosion that occurred at 10:45 a.m. was felt several kilometers away, damaging several homes and establishments.