The blaze broke out on Wednesday afternoon as high winds spread a forest fire over a military storage facility, causing “sporadic explosions” of ammunition, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The depot can store up to 75,000 tonnes of ammunition and housed 113 storage facilities with missiles and artillery ammunition, with some of the highly explosive ammunition contained in open storage, RIA Novosti reported, citing the services. emergency.
At least 14 villages were evacuated within a five-kilometer radius of the depot and a highway was closed, Reuters reported, citing the Interfax news agency.
More than 20 buildings burned down in two inhabited areas, the TASS news agency reported, adding that a criminal case had been opened.