An explosion at a remote Russian military base in Siberia has set off fires and injured at least four people.
The blast happened in an ammunition depot at the base, which is six miles from the closed military town of Achinsk in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia.
Emergency services evacuated residents within 12 miles of the blast site ‘to ensure the security of the population of the settlements located near the depots.’
The blast (pictured) was at an ammunition dump at the base, which is six miles from Achinsk, a closed military town in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia
It set off fires (pictured) and emergency services were evacuating residents from the surrounding area
Authorities said residents do not face an immediate threat but asked people to stay area from the military base
Authorities said residents do not face an immediate threat but asked people to stay away from the military base.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the storage site that exploded held ‘gunpowder charges for artillery shells.’
The state-run TASS news agency quoted an anonymous source saying the depot held up to 40,000 artillery shells for tank guns.
Ammunition depot explosions are not unusual in Russia.
After the most recent incident in May 2019, a fire raged for almost a week before water drops from military aircraft and helicopters helped put out the blaze.