Monday, May 30, 2011

Loud explosions in a military arsenal forced to evacuate again a Russian village

Moscow .- Several hundred people were evacuated again Monday in a village in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan, about 1,000 kilometers southeast of Moscow, resumed after explosions at a military arsenal artillery shells. "With the explosion of artillery shells have taken the decision to evacuate people," said a police source told Interfax Bashkiria.

He added that, initially, more than half Urman thousand residents will be moved to the outskirts of this small town, which was evacuated on Thursday for the same reason. "There have been several explosions and a fire is declared. The blasts are not very intense, like a week ago, but flying bullets and that is a threat to people," he said.

As reported by rural authorities to Interfax, "about 200 people left the town in their own cars (...) that are chock full." Urman other residents fled on their own feet with backpacks, suitcases and bags with food and documents, which, according to his testimony, previously kept fearing further explosions at the arsenal.

"Emergency Cases", they called them, the source said. On Thursday thousands of people were evacuated from several locations adjacent to the array number 99 of Bashkortostan, where explosions destroyed about fifty rural homes several miles away. Although no one was killed, hospital sources reported that several residents near the arms depot had to be treated for burns.

The arsenal is located near the town of Urman, about 150 kilometers from the republican capital, Ufa, home to over 100,000 tons of artillery shells of various calibres. Even now it is unknown whether the blasts were caused by fire or by a security flaw in the transfer of ammunition. The Defense Ministry said over the weekend that the military arsenal Bashkiria be destroyed.

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