Like a scene from a Tom and Jerry cartoon, a fireworks factory in North-West Turkey caught fire
The catastrophic series of explosions that followed could be heard from dozens of kilometres away from the factory in the town of Hendek.
Two are believed to have perished in the explosions, and more than 70 people are believed trapped inside.
The governments disaster agency described the event as an ‘industrial accident’, and were sending their prayers to the victims and families of the deceased and injured, in what was a major life threatening incident.
The dark plume of smoke from the multiple explosions billowed above the factory and could be seen from a very long way off.
Mr Kaldirim, the governor of Sakarya province, said 150-200 people had been working at the site at the time of the explosions.
But the local mayor said many of them had managed to escape the blasts, which began at around 11:15 (09:15CET). Turgut Babaoglu said dozens of firefighters and rescue workers had been sent to the scene.