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Massive blackout following reported blast at power station in Murmansk, Russia

Some 300,000 people have been left without electricity in Russia’s northern city of Murmansk, local media reported, citing an emergency at a power plant as possible causes of the blackout.

There have been eyewitnesses’ reports of a “huge blast” at one of the city’s electrical substations, according to SeverPost news agency.

Emergency services are working at the scene, the agency said, adding that there have so far been no official comments from rescue teams.

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There is apparently no electricity in government headquarters in the city center, FlashNord reported citing its correspondent in the area. Lights have been off in both central areas and in the outskirts, according to SeverPost.

An incident happened at one of the facilities of the Kolenergo regional energy companies, its press service told RT, without specifying what exactly happened.

An incident happened at one of the facilities of the Kolenergo regional energy companies, its press service told RT, without specifying what exactly happened.

The causes of the “incident” are now being investigated by a special commission, the company said, adding that specialists are now working on damage control and recovery.

Not the whole city has been left without electricity, but only its smaller part,” the company spokesperson added.

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