RIYADH: An electrical short circuit at a military warehouse on the outskirts of the Jordanian city of Zarqa caused a massive explosion on Friday morning.
The installation, east of the city, contained idle mortar bombs belonging to the armed forces, said Amjad Adaileh, minister of state for media affairs.
The Army said that an explosion occurred in one of the munitions depots under dismantling and that there were no casualties.
The installation is located away from civilian areas and it was reported that the blast could be heard 30 km away.
The army has cordoned off the area of the explosion and Civil Defense teams were able to bring the flames under control.
A committee has been formed to determine the causes of the explosion.
The army has asked citizens to “shun circulating untrue information, adding that further details will be issued later.”