Terrified Britons fled for their lives after a series of explosions rocked an army ammunition depot in Cyprus, injuring 12 others.
The tourists filmed huge fireballs rising from the Turkish military base yesterday. Early reports suggest that the explosions were caused by a fire on the site.
Witnesses said they heard deafening buzzing and saw shrapnel falling all around them as they fled the Catalonian village of Catalkoy, in northern Cyprus, under Turkish control.
The explosions broke the windows of the nearby Acapulco hotel, where the majority of the wounded were.
British guest and former London firefighter Stephen Cross, 69, told the Sun, "We heard a detonation, we have never heard a resonance like this.
"I thought it was thunder and I looked out the window The next thing you know is another bang, the windows shook and made me fall a little bit backwards.
"When we were outside, shrapnel shifted everywhere.One of the ground elements measured about three feet long.He would have taken off the head when it was had touched. "
Mr. Cross told the newspaper that he feared that the explosions would be an attack.
Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay wrote on Facebook that the area had been cordoned off, with explosions continuing in the military zone.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense said that the fire had been contained and that the cause of the initial explosion, around 1:30 local time (2230 GMT), was unclear .
He said that an investigation team had begun its work.
The CNN Turk broadcast video showed large explosions and smoke plumes rising in the night sky over the area.
"Unfortunately, a fire broke out in an ammunition depot in the military zone east of Kyrenia and a series of explosions took place," said Ozersay.