Huge blast at Russian munitions plant injures dozens, damages 200 buildings

Huge blast at Russian munitions plant injures dozens, damages 200 buildings
Initial cloud from munitions plant blast in Dzerzhinsky, Russia. Social media video via RT, YouTube

[Ed. – Reportedly the third blast at this plant in the last year. This one seems to be by far the biggest. Dzerzhinsky is about 200 miles east of Moscow near Nizhny-Novgorod.]

Several explosions rocked an explosives plant in the central Russian city of Dzerzhinsk, according to RT.

“A big explosion roared, my ears popped and then sirens went off. In a minute, there was another blast, windows shattered, and a column of smoke rose, and there was fire,” one witness told RT.

The facilities damaged in the blast are part of Russia’s scientific and research institute ‘Kristall’. It specializes in scientific and technological support for work related to the production of explosive materials and devises its safety measure …

At least 79 people were injured with 16 hospitalized, while nearly 200 buildings were damaged.

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