Russia: Blasts rock ammunition depot in Siberia – Evacuations underway

Russia: Blasts rock ammunition depot in Siberia - Evacuations underway

BREAKING: Mayor of Achinsk told 100,000 residents of the city to prepare for evacuation after an explosion at nearby Uran-14 ammunition depot at a military base. Some 11,000 residents have been evacuated from the area since Monday.

Huge explosions at a military ammunition depot in Siberia killed one person, injured at least eight people, including a child, and prompted the evacuation of thousands Monday.

The depot reportedly contained tens of thousands of artillery shells.

Plumes of black smoke are seen over the Kamenka village, in the area of 74008 military unit.

Soldiers from the 74008 military unit hid in the bomb shelter. A children summer camp situated right next to the explosion was evacuated.

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Witnesses posted videos of balls of flame and black smoke, starting during the day and continuing after dark.

Russia’s Defence Ministry said a fire triggered the explosions at a storage facility for gunpowder charges near the city of Achinsk in eastern Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk region.

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Authorities declared a state of emergency in the region and ordered the evacuation of residents of several districts in Achinsk, as well as towns and villages within 20 kilometers of the depot. Air traffic was suspended within 30 kilometers of the munitions site.

Achinsk is an industrial city with over a hundred thousand population on the Trans-Siberian railway, 114 miles west of Krasnoyarsk.  The Achinsk ammunition store is one of the oldest in the Russian armed forces’ ordnance network and was due to be dismantled by 2022.

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