A series of massive explosions at an ammunition depot in Siberia resulted in the evacuation of around 10% of the population in the city of Achinsk in Russia's Krasnoyarsk region.
The incident occurred after a fire broke out in the storage unit for powdered artillery charges, according to Russian news agency TASS, citing the Russian Central Military District. At least one massive explosion was recorded.
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Amazingly, just one person was killed and eight were injured, including two military officers, according to an unofficial source.
"Eight people, three hospitalized, five outpatients."
Local emergency units took steps to restrict the spread of fire and ensure security at the fire site. "Currently, the epicenter of the fire is being localized," the district added.
The personnel has been evacuated. An effort is underway to evacuate residents of settlements located within a 20 km zone from the accident’s epicenter.
The authorities of the city of Achinsk in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk Region, which has a population of 100,000, are evacuating about 11,000 people after explosions. -TASS
"Districts with a total population of about 11,000 people are within the impact zone. These areas are being evacuated," according to local press.
According to another source from the region's emergency services, residential buildings were damaged by the explosion.
"Residential buildings have been damaged. The windows have been shattered by the blast wave. The territory [of the military base] has been cordoned off," said the source.