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New Blasts At Site Of Siberian Ammo Depot Tragedy Injure At Least Eight

By RFE/RL August 09, 2019

At least eight people have been injured, including "servicemen and law enforcement officers," in new explosions on August 9 at a Russian ammunition depot in Siberia where blasts killed one person and injured a dozen more earlier this week.

The local administration in Achinsk district where the depot is located said it had declared a "regional-level emergency" after the new incident.

The Central Military District's press office said "the explosion was caused by a lightning strike."

There were differing reports about the identities of those injured and the severity of their injuries.

An Achinsk district hospital told Interfax that all of the eight people so far admitted there were civilians and that "all of them have minor injuries [and] will receive outpatient treatment."

But TASS quoted medics who said the injured included "one serviceman, two policemen, and five civilians" and their injuries were "moderately severe."

An unnamed emergency-services source was quoted as saying that "The fire resumed after new explosions. It is being put out now."

Video and still images shared on social media showed first responders and residents with plumes of smoke rising into the sky behind them near Achinsk, in eastern Siberia's Krasnoyarsk region.

Interfax said residents of the village of Kamenka will be evacuated to the nearby community of Malinovka, described as a safe distance away.

The Investigative Committee was investigating possible violations at the same site during the handling of weapons in connection with the previous, August 5 explosions, which prompted a state of emergency in the surrounding region.

There had been plans to shut down the depot, according to a deputy defense minister who visited the region after those blasts.

Reports said the August 5 incident required the evacuation of as many as 16,000 residents who lived within 20 kilometers of the source of the blasts.

Authorities were thought to have put out the resulting fire by the next day, and many locals returned to their homes.

The airspace for 30 kilometers around Achinsk had been closed since the earlier blasts.

Based on TASS, Interfax, and Reuters reporting

Source: https://www.rferl.org/a/new-blasts-siberia-achinsk -ammunition-depot-russia/30101929.html

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