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Lebanese fruit processing plant blast kills one

21 January 2013

One man was killed and 14 injured on January 20 in an explosion at a plant used to process bananas in the city of Sidon, according to Lebanon’s Daily Star. The explosion resulted from a reaction between chemicals used at the plant, where bananas are ripened before sale. 

The casualties were of Lebanese, Syrian and Egyptian nationality. 

Several shops near the warehouse and three cars parked near to the blast scene were also damaged.

Workers were able to pull out four individuals critically wounded in the blast before Civil Defense and security forces arrived at the scene and rescued the others.

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