Russia clears hundreds of munitions explosions in Ryazan region

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The blaze had not been brought under control Thursday morning and more than 20 people were taken to hospital, the state-run TASS news agency reported, citing local officials.Local authorities have imposed a state of emergency in the region, located in western Russia.

A victim receives first aid at the site of a fire in an ammunition depot.

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.

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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.

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