Source of Herzliya explosive not confirmed: Israeli media
"Herzliya" Mayor didn’t identify the source of the explosives but accused the Israeli government of carelessness.
A huge explosion echoed through "Herzliya" north of "Tel Aviv" on Thursday evening. Although it occurred close to the location of a munitions facility, where a similar explosion took place in 1992, the origin of the explosion in the unpopulated, sandy region in an "industrial" part was not immediately verified, as per Israeli media.
Simultaneously, the Israeli military censorship decides to impose a publication ban on the explosion that occurred, as per Al Mayadeen's correspondent.
Reports also suggest that the explosion took place in an Israeli military-industrial complex. pic.twitter.com/Jvb5EK7km3— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) June 22, 2023
As per pictures said to be taken on the scene, the explosion on Thursday left a hole in the earth.
Following the explosion, Israelis settling in "Herzliya" reported suffering from an odd smell and substance in the air that made their eyes burn.
Israeli Army Radio cited "Herzliya" Mayor Moshe Fadlon as saying that the location was known to contain explosives and that a court had ordered officials to evacuate the area more than six years prior.
The mayor didn’t identify the source of the explosives but said: “We are being careless and it’s going to cost us lives,” as per Israeli media.
He bashed the Israeli government, highlighting that “everyone is busy with the [judicial] reform. This is a mountain full of explosives.”
According to a source with the "Israel Fire and Rescue Services", investigators are still working to determine what caused the explosion, and they have extinguished a minor fire that had started there.