Shocking moment thousands of fireworks explode as store goes up in flames

A shocking video has emerged of thousands of fireworks lighting up the sky in an uncontrolled explosion after the factory caught fire.

The unexpected colourful display was seen in the port city of Rostov-on-Don, in southern Russia, around the early hours of the morning of December 6.

Hundreds of firefighters were sent to tackle the fire in the property, which was engulfed in flames.

Footage released by Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations on Instagram captures thousands of pyrotechnics setting off in the dark sky in different hues at all directions.

Onlookers are seen running behind vehicles to shield from the blast while rockets and sparklers are seen exploding at the building.

Emergency workers quickly move their ambulances further away from the scene as the chaotic explosion continues.

According to local reports, the fire is reported to have been started at a market by a faulty electric heater at 6.30am local time.

Officials said the size and complexity of the blaze meant it had been assigned the “highest difficulty grade” by emergency crews.

It then spread to the two-story pavilion which stored fireworks and was reportedly fully stocked in preparation for New Years celebrations in three weeks.

More than 400 firefighters were sent to put off the flames over several hours before the blaze was brought under control.

No injuries were reported from the fire but significant damage was done to the buildings as the flames were measured to have spread across 4,000 square metres.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

There have been numerous fires at firework factories around the world in recent years, including a huge explosion that killed at least 47 people in Indonesia.

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