| 17 April 2024, Wednesday |

Six killed, two injured after factory explosion in central Russia

A tragic incident occurred in Russia’s central Samara region, where an explosion at an explosives factory resulted in the loss of at least six lives and left two individuals injured.
The explosion occurred on Friday at the Promsintez plant in Chapayevsk city. “Eight people were injured, six of whom died,” the state-run RIA Novosti news agency cited emergency services as saying.

The blast happened “as a result of the dismantling of equipment during repair work,” the emergency services were quoted as saying.

The Promsintez plant manufactures industrial explosives and chemicals that specialise in ammonal, nitric acid, technical sulfuric acid, explosive cartridge detonators and other products, Moscow Times newspaper reported.

1300 people work at factory
Around 1,300 people work in the company’s mining and oil and gas sectors, according to its website.

The company that owns the factory was created in 1997, but the plant dates back to pre-revolutionary Russia, founded by the country’s last tsar, Nicholas II, in 1911.

According to reports, Friday’s deadly blast is just one of several to have recently taken place at Russian explosives factories.

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In June, five people lost their lives due to a blast at an explosives factory in Russia’s central Tambov region. Tambov Governor Maxim Yegorov claimed that the explosion was caused by “human error” and “definitely not [the result of] a terrorist attack.”

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