Three workers are missing and eight men were injured after a private munitions storage near the Bulgarian city of Sliven, 250 kilometers (155 miles) southeast of the capital Sofia, exploded.
Some 130 people from the villages of Lozenetz and Gorno Alexandrovo near the storage depot were evacuated yesterday, Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said in an interview with state radio in Sofia today. The explosions of anti-tank missiles started around 2 p.m. yesterday and continued through the night, with the last blast registered about 6 a.m. today, he said.
A section of the main highway linking Sofia with the Black Sea port of Burgas, which passes near the where the explosions occurred, is closed, Tsvetanov said. Military engineers will look for the missing people and investigate the cause of the explosions after they stop, he said.
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