Fireball turns sky blood red as Greece wildfire hits explosives dump

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Wildfires in Greece have caused a series of major explosions at an air force ammunition dump.

Strong winds whipped up the fires in the region of Volos, in central Greece, eventually reaching the military base in Nea Anchialos.

No injuries have been reported as the site was already evacuated, officials have said, ITV reports.

Windows were reportedly shattered by the series of large explosions on houses in the surrounding area.

The fire service has confirmed no injuries have been reported in nearby villages.

Thousands of tourists have been evacuated from the country, with up to 10,000 British tourists affected.

Some 19,000 people have been evacuated on the island of Rhodes, with at least 2,500 people evacuated from Corfu.

Tourists were left to sleep on sun lounger pillows on the floor and walk through temperatures exceeding 40°C as they evacuated hotels due to the spreading flames.

There have been calls for the Foreign Office to change its advice to urge people to cancel all but essential travel to Rhodes.

Some travel operators have cancelled their flights to Rhodes, but there are concerns the lack of ‘do not travel’ order from the government will make it difficult for people to seek refunds from their travel insurance.

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