Russia: 116 injured in blast at explosives factory; criminal case opened over health & safety violations
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Author: Russia Today
Almost 80 people sought medical help after three large blasts rocked a TNT plant in Dzerzhinsk in Central Russia. The shockwave damaged around 200 buildings, and a huge plume of smoke is hovering over the city. The blasts were so powerful that people even heard them in another city, some 15km away...The shockwave from the explosions shattered windows in nearby buildings...Authorities have declared an emergency situation in the city...The plant in question makes various types of explosives, mostly used in mining. The series of blasts erupted at the part of the plant that made TNT...This is not the first time explosions had happened at the same explosives-maker. On April 4, a blast brought down one of its one-story structures...A much deadlier explosion occurred in the plant in August, when five of its workers were killed.
A factory explosion in the Russian city of Dzerzhinsk has injured 79 people and damaged 180 homes nearby....Most of the people who were hurt were cut by flying glass from the explosion, which also caused a shockwave that smashed windows in homes and other factories in the city...Dzerzhinsk city officials have declared an emergency in the surrounding areas, while the Investigative Committee of Russia says it has launched a criminal investigation into potential safety violations at the plant.
Author: TASS Russian News Agency
Eighteen people have been hospitalized following explosions at the Kristall factory in the Russian town of Dzerzhinsk in the Nizhny Novgorod Region, Deputy Emergency Situations Minister Viktor Yakutsenko told TASS. “116 people were injured, with 18 of them hospitalized,” he said at a video conference in the Ministry on Monday.