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1 Dead, Several Injured in Venezuela Arms Depot Blasts


Venezuelan officials say one person was killed and several other injured Sunday by a fire and a series of powerful explosions at an arms and munitions depot.

The arsenal is located about 100 kilometers west of the capital, Caracas near the city of Maracay.

Authorities say police and soldiers evacuated some 10,000 nearby residents early Sunday as a precautionary measure. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

The governor of Aragua state had earlier said some 40 people were injured by shrapnel and exploding bullets. But he later said the number of casualties appeared to be much lower.

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