Explosions occurred at a Greek air force ammunition dump in central Greece, amid the region’s struggle with severe wildfires that prompted local residents to evacuate.
The fire spread to the facility, situated approximately 6 kilometers (4 miles) north of the Nea Anchialos major military air base, causing shattered windows in nearby houses. However, the site had been safely evacuated beforehand, and fortunately, no injuries were reported from the explosions.
Greece has been grappling with widespread fires over the past few days, leading to the evacuation of tourists on the island of Rhodes.
The situation remains critical, as the country’s Civil Protection, as reported by Greek news agency AMNA, warns of “a very high risk of fire” in various regions, including Attica, Central Greece, the Peloponnese, southern Aegean, northern Aegean, and Crete.
In response to the escalating wildfires, Greek authorities have issued advisories, urging people to exercise “exceptional care” and avoid engaging in any outdoor activities that could inadvertently trigger a fire.
The situation has become even more concerning as the European Commission’s Copernicus Climate Change Service reported that Greece is experiencing the “most intense wildfire emissions” for July on record, indicating the severity and magnitude of the ongoing wildfire crisis in the country.