Flame and smoke rise as firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a site of a warehouse in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on Thursday. AP
"A teenager born in 2006 died," the Uzbek health ministry said on Telegram, adding that a further 162 had been injured.
The emergency situations ministry said powerful lightning had caused "an explosion, then a fire, which is still burning" in a warehouse in the airport zone.
Of those hurt in the accident, 138 sustained minor injuries and a further 24 were still in hospital in a more serious condition, the health ministry said.
Videos circulating on social media showed a column of flames and smoke rising into the night sky.
The blast blew out the windows of several houses in the surrounding area and damaged their interiors. Explosions continued to ring out in the hours after the blaze broke out as emergency crews tackled the fire and ambulance staff worked to evacuate those injured, an AFP journalist at the scene witnessed.
"I woke up at night. I thought it was an earthquake," said Moustafo Kutepov, a 72-year-old retiree who lives nearby and whose house was affected. "Then I saw the fire. My son was injured in the leg," he told AFP.
"I am asking the authorities to compensate for the damage as winter approaches, as I do not have the means to repair it on my own," he added.
The country's biggest airport is functioning normally, according to the Uzbek national news agency UzA. Uzbekistan is the most populous of the Central Asian former Soviet republics. Fires attributed to outdated equipment and non-compliance with safety standards are a regular occurrence.
Broadcaster CNN Turk said 11 people were injured. The avenue is a crowded thoroughfare popular with tourists and locals, lined by shops and restaurants.
The blast targeted the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) party — a government coalition partner led by an influential cleric — as hundreds of supporters congregated under a canopy in the town of Khar, Bajaur, near the Afghan border.
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