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Thursday, 16 August, 2001, 14:20 GMT 15:20 UK
Timeline: Deadly explosives accidents
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The blaze sparked by fireworks at the shopping centre in Peru's capital, Lima, is the latest in a series of accidents involving explosives. BBC News Online looks at the recent history of accidents caused by the storage and misuse of dangerous materials:

2001

21 September, France Thirty people are killed and 2,000 injured in an explosion at a petrochemical factory in the south-western city of Toulouse.

16 August, India: At least 25 people are killed in an explosion at a government-owned dynamite factory in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Officials say the blast was caused by an "accidental ignition".

10 August, Portugal: Five people are killed and another is injured in an explosion at a fireworks factory in Caldelas, Portugal.

11 July, Afghanistan: Three people are injured in an explosion at an ammunition depot at Darulaman on the southern outskirts of the Afghan capital, Kabul.

21 July, Russia: Three people are killed and four others are injured in a blaze at an army ammunition depot in the Buryat region of eastern Siberia. The accident was reportedly caused by lightning.

8 June, Vietnam: At least four people are injured and 100 homes are damaged in an explosion at an army base in central Vietnam. Reports say 3.5 tons of explosives and ammunition blew up at an army warehouse in Hoa They, south of the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi.

1 June, Pakistan: At least nine people are killed and four others are injured in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in Lahore.

7 March, China: At least 37 pupils and four teachers are killed in a blast at a primary school which was being used for manufacturing fireworks in Jiangxi province, eastern China. A doctor at the scene said pupils had been putting fuses into firecrackers at the time of the explosion.

3 March, Guinea: At least 10 people are killed after a fire starts a series of explosions at an ammunitions dump at army base in the Guinean capital, Conakry.

2000

5 August, China: At least 21 people are killed and 25 others are injured in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in China's Jiangxi province. Officials say the blast, which destroyed a five-storey building, was probably caused by a dropped cigarette.

15 May, Spain: Five people are killed and 18 others are injured in a fire and explosion at a fireworks factory in Rafelcofer in Spain. Reports say the blast could be felt 3.5 km (2 miles) away.

13 May, Netherlands: Twenty people are killed in an explosion at a fireworks factory in the Dutch town of Enschede. Another 950 people are injured in the blast, which destroyed about 400 homes.

14 March, Mexico: Three people are killed and 17 others are injured in an explosion after sparks ignite hundreds of fireworks at a religious festival in Santa Ana Jilotzingo.

13 January, China: Up to 22 people, including 11 children, are killed in a blast at an unregistered fireworks factory in Anhui province, eastern China.

1999

9 October, Afghanistan: At least seven Taleban soldiers are killed in a series of explosions at an arms dump in northern Afghanistan.

1998

28 December, Peru: Seven people are killed and eight others are injured after an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory sets of a huge fire in the capital, Lima.

12 December, Brazil: Twenty-four people are killed and 50 others are injured in a blast at an illegal fireworks factory in San Antonio de Jesus. Nine of the dead are reported to be children working illegally in the plant.

12 December, US: Seven workers are killed in an explosion at a fireworks factory in Osseo, Michigan. The blast is heard up to 32 km (20 miles) away.

13 October, Mexico: At least 10 people are killed and more than 30 are injured in an explosion at an unauthorised fireworks factory in Tultepec.

18 June, Russia: At least 14 servicemen are killed after lightning strikes an army munitions depot in the Ural mountains.

13 February, China: Forty-seven people are reported killed in a series of explosions at a fireworks factory near Beijing. Chinese media says fireworks sellers demonstrating their wares are thought to have set off sparks which ignited fireworks stored in vehicles nearby.

See also:

16 Aug 01 | World
India factory blast 'kills 25'
11 Jul 01 | South Asia
Ammunition depot blast in Kabul
08 Jun 01 | Asia-Pacific
Explosion at Vietnamese army base
20 May 01 | Middle East
Blast rocks Yemen arms bazaar
30 Apr 01 | South Asia
Huge blaze at Indian arms depot
05 Aug 00 | Asia-Pacific
China fireworks blast kills 21
19 May 00 | Europe
Hunt for blast factory bosses
09 Oct 99 | South Asia
Taleban deaths in arms dump blast
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