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Fireworks Blast At Yerevan Market Kills 1, Injures 51

Smoke rises from Surmalu market in the center Yerevan, Armenia, Aug. 14. 

Smoke rises from Surmalu market in the center Yerevan, Armenia, Aug. 14. 

Photographer: Daniel Bolshakov/AP
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Yerevan, Armenia (AP) -- A strong explosion at a fireworks storage area tore through a popular market in Armenia's capital on Sunday, killing at least one person, injuring 51 others and setting off a large fire.

Firefighters labored for hours after the early afternoon blast at the Surmalu market to put out the blaze that sent a towering column of thick smoke over the center of Yerevan. Rescue workers and volunteers searched amid still-exploding fireworks for victims who might be trapped under slabs of concrete and twisted metal.