Human error might have been at the bottom of the fire at the ammo depot in the Krasnoyarsk region, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov said on Tuesday.
According to latest reports, the detonation of propellant charge has stopped, but still, there is a threat of individual supplies’ going off, RIA Novosti reports.
On August 5, a fire started in a warehouse of the military unit stationed five kilometres from the village of Kamenka, which triggered a wave of army munition explosions. At a rough guess, about 40,000 shells were stored at the depot. The soldiers were taken to a bomb shelter.
В Красноярском крае взрываются склады с боеприпасами. Власти уже начали эвакуацию деревень в Ачинском районе. По предварительным данным, на складах хранились мины и зенитные патроны.
Уже известно об одной пострадавшей – это местная жительница, в неё попал осколок после взрыва. pic.twitter.com/vFIBre1u3e
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Twelve people were injured, one person is missing. The state of emergency has been imposed in the town of Achinsk and surrounding areas. The authorities evacuated nearly 4,000 local residents.
There is no serious damage in Kamenka, Dmitry Bulgakov stressed. However, its mayor Ilay Akhmetov strongly recommends against entering the danger zone.