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Philippine fireworks disposal mishap injures 27

MANILA (AFP) – A batch of suspect fireworks exploded accidentally during their disposal in the southern Philippines, injuring 27 people, most of them explosives experts, police said yesterday.

The blast happened on Monday as a team of police, coast guard, marine and fire personnel disposed of firecrackers retrieved from a nearby warehouse, where an explosion on June 29 killed five people and injured 38 others, in Zamboanga city on Mindanao island.

They had been offloaded from a pick-up truck and were being doused with water when they ignited prematurely.