June 19, 2013
Russian investigators have launched a probe into multiple explosions
that have rocked an ammunition depot in central Russia believed to be
storing millions of shells.
The fire at the ammunition testing site near the city of Chapaevsk,
in Russia’s Samara Region, broke out late Tuesday, followed by a series
of explosions that have ripped through the area, sending shrapnel flying
over a distance of up to a kilometer from the site.
The Russian Investigative Committee said on Wednesday that the depot
housed “some 18 million shells” of various calibers, according to
preliminary reports. Nearly 6,000 of these rounds were 122-mm artillery
shells, the Emergencies Ministry said earlier.
The blasts at the ammunition depot had stopped by midday Wednesday
(Moscow time), investigators said. The Emergencies Ministry earlier said
that in the worst case scenario, the fire could continue for two or
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