COTEAU-DU-LAC, Quebec (June 20, 2013)—Two people died Thursday in a massive explosion at a fireworks warehouse in Quebec, police said.
The explosion rocked an area west of Montreal, producing a huge cloud of smoke visible for miles.
Two bodies were found in the wreckage, provincial police said.
Nearly two hours after the blast, fireworks could still be heard exploding at the scene of the fire, which continued to burn out of control for hours after the explosion, witnesses said.
A man who works about a mile from the site says it appeared that a small building caught fire first, and that the flames then spread to a larger storage unit.
A woman who runs a convenience store near the plant says she thought the store was "falling to the ground."
"It shook like you can't imagine,” she said.
Police ordered the surrounding community evacuated and a nearby highway was closed.