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Explosions Stop At Russian Ammo Depot, 12 Hospitalized


Explosions Rock Arms Depot In Russia
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The local government administration in Russia's Krasnoyarsk region said on August 6 that explosions at an ammunition depot have stopped, the TASS news agency reported.

"About two hours ago, we still heard the explosions. Not anymore. Explosions have stopped," the administration said.

Twelve people were hospitalized after a series of blasts rocked an arms depot on August 5 at a Russian military base in Siberia, prompting a mass evacuation of residents within a 20-kilometer radius.

Russia's Defense Ministry said on August 5 that it had sent 14 remote-controlled robots to help fight the fire at the Krasnoyarsk Territory Arsenal.

Local officials in the Achinsk district of Russia’s Krasnoyarsk region say 11,000 people were evacuated from neighborhoods.

Photographs of the incident showed a huge explosion on the horizon with flames leaping into the sky followed by belching black smoke.

Rusal, the world's largest aluminum producer outside China, said it had suspended operations at its aluminum plant in the Achinsk district and evacuated all but essential staff as a safety precaution.

The refinery is located about 30 kilometers from the military base where the explosions occurred.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, AP, Interfax, and TASS