Testimony heard in naval base explosion that killed 6 firefighters
Neither firefighters nor key military officials knew what was in the containers that exploded
By Poly Pantelides
The Cyprus Mail
CYPRUS, Greece — Even key navy officials including fire safety personnel were kept in the dark over the contents of the containers held at the Evangelos Florakis naval base that exploded in July 2011 killing 13 people, Larnaca Assize court was told yesterday.
The head of the navy's communication department at the time, Greek national Theodoros Groutsis, told the court that when he saw flames coming from some of the 98 containers in the early hours of July 11, the day of the blast, he deduced that the containers held gunpowder.