At least four people are believed to be dead after a bunker holding illegal and confiscated fireworks exploded at the Waikele Business Center.
At least four people are dead and one person was critically injured after an explosion at a bunker holding fireworks at the Waikele Business Center.
The explosion happened about 9 a.m.
Witnesses told that several people were injured in the blast and several more may be trapped. The people who were injured were lying down and had serious injuries, the witnesses said.
The critically injured patient was taken to Straub Clinic and Hospital with burns to 100 percent of the victim's body, sources said. Another person suffered minor injures in the blast and refused treatment, sources said.
There are several old World War II bunkers at the Waikele Business Center. The landlord, Peter Savio, said the explosion happened in one of the bunkers where fireworks was stored.
"We have a cave where fireworks were stored. It exploded. There are some fatalities. There are some injuries," Savio said. "Luckily for us it happened here at the caves, where it is sort of designed to handle these sorts of thing rather than a warehouse in town or a building in town. It could have been a lot worse."
Savio said emergency crews kept them from the scene because the fire was still smoldering.
Several ambulance crews were sent to the scene.