Three people were injured when an explosion occurred shortly after 7:30 on Wednesday evening in a storehouse in the city of Kalamata, in the Peloponnese, during the making of fireworks for the "fireworks battle" that takes place at Easter on the city's west coast.

The explosion took place due to unspecified causes and the fireworks exploded, while due to the gunpowder kept in the storehouse an ensuing fire spread but was eventually placed under control.

The three injured persons are a 29-year-old man, a 20-year-old woman and a 70-year-old man. The first two have been taken to a hospital in Kalamata and the elderly man, who was initially taken to the Kalamata hospital, was being taken to the Thriasio hospital, in Attica, to be treated for serious burns.