MOSCOW, Russia (Wed, Oct. 10) - Reported by madn3wz
A series of blasts at a Russian military site was reported on Tuesday afternoon that broke windows in 30km area and releasing huge clouds of smoke over the city of Orenburg near the Kazakhstan border.
About 4,000 tonnes of disposable arms, including 1,379 tons of 100-mm shells, 400 tons of bombs and 2,300 tons of 280-millimeter rockets of "Hurricane", exploded at the Donguz test site but no nuclear arms were involved in the explosion site, said Yevgeniya Maltseva, a spokesperson for the chief military investigative directorate.
Military prosecutor Yevgeny Ivanov said on state television that the explosions were set off by a fire that may have been caused by someone smoking. The shells were being transported in crates in preparation for future disposal.
Military officials have opened a criminal investigation into the suspected mishandling of weapons at the time of unloading.
Video footage showed a white mushroom-like huge cloud rising over the area that can been from miles away.
Although no casualties were reported, according to preliminary information, but one of the district hospitals in the Orenburg region reported that they received four injured victims from the site.
Russian military equipment, which frequently dates back to the Soviet era, has exploded unexpectedly several times at test sites in recent years. Some of the accidents have been blamed on violations of safety procedures.