Six dead in Portugal fireworks factory explosions

Emergency workers at the site of a fireworks factory in Avoes in Lamego, Portugal.
Emergency workers at the site of a fireworks factory in Avoes in Lamego, Portugal.PHOTO: EPA

LISBON (REUTERS, AFP) - Six people have died and two others are missing after a series of explosions at a fireworks factory in northern Portugal, rescue workers said on Wednesday (April 5).

The explosions took place late on Tuesday and more than 100 firefighters were dispatched to battle the fire.

Rescue workers are searching for more victims.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa travelled on Wednesday to the village of Avoes, about 350 km north of Lisbon.

"In the name of the government I want to send my condolences and a word of consolation to the families of the victims," Prime Minister Antonio Costa said in a tweet.

Television images showed smoke and smouldering remains of the factory and the town declared three days of mourning for the victims.

Police launched an investigation into the explosions at the family-owned factory.

Local media reported that the owner of the factory and his daughter were among the victims.