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Explosion at fireworks factory kills 4 in Portugal

LISBON: At least four people were killed and three other workers were missing in an explosion at a fireworks factory in Portugal.

Officials from the Civil Protection Service and local police told local media at the scene that there was a huge explosion in the early evening at the family-owned factory in Avoes, a village near the town of Lamego, about 350 kilometers north of the Portuguese capital Lisbon.

All of the workers at the factory came from three local families, according to Manuel Coutinho, Lamego Council’s emergency services coordinator. ┬áThe officials told the journalists that they were not sure how many workers were in the factory at the time of the blast.