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Two hurt as explosion hits Kuwait power transformer

The power transformer in Salwa was hit by a minor blast during maintenance work

State media say the two hurt workers are of Arab descent [image: KUNA].
State media say the two hurt workers are of Arab descent [image: KUNA].

Two Arab workers have been injured after a minor blast occurred within a power transformer in the Kuwaiti suburb of Salwa on 29 October.

State media reported that “a spark erupted” while two technicians were carrying out maintenance work at the power transformer. Firefighters rushed to the scene of the blast, located in the Hawalli Governorate just south of the country's capital.

Paramedics treated the two injured workers on the ground and both people are reportedly in a stable condition. The severity of their injuries was not disclosed in the report by Kuwaiti state media.

READ: Fire at National Bank of Kuwait's under-construction HQ put out

Kuwait's Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) has ordered an investigation to determine why the explosion happened, and how similar accidents can be prevented in the future.

Electricity supplied by the power transformer has also been restored, according to MEW Undersecretary Mohammed Bushehri, who spoke to the Kuwait News Agency after the incident.

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