Blast Rocks Far East Military Range

Three servicemen were injured in a blast that rocked a military range in Russia’s Far East Khabarovsk Territory on May 30, a police source said on Thursday.

The blast occurred at about 8 pm local time during scheduled cleanup works, the source said, adding that three servicemen received slight injuries.

The Defense Ministry ammunition dump, which stores 100-mm shells, is located 280 km northeast of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, and seven kilometers away from Sungach, the nearest settlement. Rescuers evacuated more than 1,800 people from four residential areas located near the depot.

The accident is the latest in a string of incidents involving fires and explosions at military storage sites in Russia.

On May 18, one person was injured in an ammunition depot fire in the nearby Primorsk Territory.

Last June, blasts shook an ammunition depot in Russia’s Urals republic of Udmurtia, leaving 95 people injured.


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