A young boy of 15 has been killed after a giant explosion feared to have been triggered by detonating electric car batteries, at a local airport.
At least 163 were also injured following the huge blast in a customs warehouse near Tashkent Airport in Uzbekistan in the early hours.
Shocking footage shows the explosion at 2.43am local time, which caused damage to hundreds of houses and other buildings over a vast area.
Batteries for electric cars exploded at the airport warehouse, it is understood.
Dozens of ambulances ferries the wounded to hospitals and at least five children suffered wounds from shattered glass.
A 15-year-old boy died after a frame collapsed on his head due to the explosion.
It is unclear how many people were in the warehouse when it exploded.
There are suspicions explosives were also present in the Inter Logistics LLC warehouse given the scale of the blast, but this was officially denied.
Sixteen separate fire teams rushed to battle the enormous blaze which covered more than 32,000 square feet.
The ministry later said it was working to establish full details of the cause of the explosion.
Flights at the nearby Tashkent airport were reportedly not impacted by the explosion and inferno.