A massive explosion in a Xylofagou quarry startled residents in the wider area Thursday noon, and shattered windows, but no injuries were reported, police said.
According to deputy police spokesman Stelios Stylianou, the explosion at the quarry located within the British Bases area occurred at around 12.25pm and had been scheduled.
The noise was amplified due to the fact there is a cave underneath. The explosion was heard by residents of the wider Famagusta area and the coastal areas of Larnaca.
Stylianou said that due to the explosion the windows of buildings in the nearby Xylofagou industrial area were shattered but no one was injured. Police, he said, received several calls from concerned residents.
According to an eyewitness, the explosion was visible from Cape Greco.
“I was at Cape Greco and I heard and felt an explosion. I saw a mushroom cloud coming from an area, I was later told by a friend it was in Xylofagou,” the eyewitness told the Cyprus Mail.
She added that residents reported the explosion as being so powerful that their homes shook.