Huge Explosions At Naval Base In Cyprus

Damaged electric plant and naval base. Photo: European Pressphoto Agency via WSJ

On 11 July 2011, huge explosions in Evangelos Florakis Naval Base at Zygi, Cyprus killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens other. The shrapnel and blast from the explosions also damaged the neighboring main electricity plant. A third of Cyprus is in darkness according to electric company.

A three-day heat wave that has led to temperatures of about 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) started a bush fire inside the Cypriot National Guard naval base. The fire ignited all of 98 crates of gunpowder which held about 2000 tons of gunpowder.

The explosion shake homes in Mari village 2 kilometers away from the naval base and shuttered windows and created a 600 meter wide crater at the naval base.

The gunpowder crates were confiscated on board of Cypriot flagged freighter M/V Monchegorsk after the ship was intercepted by US Navy in the Red Sea. Israel and USA claimed the cargo of the ship, originated from Iran was destined to Palestinians in Gaza Strip.

The country’s president Dimitris Chistopfias visited the site, describing the blast as “a catastrophe of biblical proportions.”

Leaving 2000 tons of gunpowder baking under merciless Mediterranean sun is a fatal negligence of biblical proportions.

Further reading:
Blast Rocks Cyprus Naval Base
Deadly Explosion At Naval Base In Cyprus
Report: At least 12 killed in blast in southern Cyprus base

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