If you’ve watched Chernobyl recently, you might find yourself unsettled by the following story.
If you haven’t watched Chernobyl, I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed. I expected more from you.
Stream it on Showmax this weekend and all will be forgiven.
Moving on to what happened at a Russian ammunition depot located outside the Siberian city of Achinsk.
Popular Mechanics reports that yesterday, Russian soldiers were working in an ammunition storage warehouse handling propellant charges – bags of explosive propellant shoved behind artillery shells in howitzers and other artillery pieces – when things went horribly wrong.
The resultant explosions shook the city of Achinsk for at least five hours while fires burned in the Krasnoyarsk region, around 2 000 kilometres east of the Russian capital, Moscow.
The explosion generated a mushroom cloud over the blast site and sent shrapnel flying as far as 9.3 miles away. Government officials ordered the evacuation of 11,000 civilians living nearby, and the airspace near the site was closed to air traffic.
Video of the explosion shows the mushroom cloud and shockwaves:
Along with the propellent charges that cause the explosion, the site was also home to 25 000 artillery shells.
An explosion has rocked an arms depot at a Russian military base in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk, injuring at least eight people.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 5, 2019
The warehouse where the explosion took place is one of the oldest in Russia and was scheduled for demolition. Russia inherited large stocks of weapons and ammunition after the fall of the Soviet Union, much of which was already old.
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At least one person was reportedly killed and an unknown number injured in the explosion. Emergency personnel were sent to the area.
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Вибухи на складах з боєприпасами дісталися й Росії. Вибух і пожежа сталися на артилерійському складі військової частини, що розташовується між Ачинськом і Назаровим. На цьому складі зберігалися близько 40 тисяч снарядів калібру 125 і 152 міліметри. Під час інциденту осколкові поранення отримали щонайменше чотири людини. Наразі відбувається евакуацію жителів всіх населених пунктів в радіусі 20 кілометрів. Очевидці, кажуть, що стовпи диму видно майже в усіх частинах Ачинська. Окрім того, через вибухи зруйновано кілька будинків #Achinsk #Россия #Russia #24канал
Businesses in the area were also affected, but for the most part, resumed operations today.
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