Colombo: One soldier was killed and thousands of people were evacuated after a fire and a series of explosions on Sunday at one of Sri Lanka’s biggest ammunition dumps, where the army stores heavy weapons, officials said.
Explosions at the army camp at Salawa, 33 kilometers east of the capital Colombo, continued for more than five hours and were heard more than 12 km away, local residents said.
The cause was not immediately known and the government ordered an investigation by the police criminal investigation department. Local television stations showed rocket propelled grenade (RPG) shells and shrapnel that had landed in the middle of a road. One soldier was killed and one injured in the blasts, an army spokesman said.