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Explosion at military facility in Russia

An explosion occurred during the test of a missile engine unit in Russia. The Russian Defense Ministry announced that the radiation level in the atmosphere after the explosion was normal and that no toxic substances were released into the sky.

Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the explosion occurred during the test of a missile engine unit in the north of the country. 

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the radiation level in the atmosphere after the explosion was normal and that no toxic substances were released into the sky.

According to Reuters, at least 2 people were killed and 6 people were injured during the incident. 

Thousands have been evacuated from the Siberian town Krasnoyarsk after an ammunition depot on a military base caught fire, triggering huge explosions that have sent deadly shrapnel flying for miles around.

One soldier was killed and at least seven other people have been injured, including several with shrapnel wounds, according to Russian state media reports.

Video posted to social media showed thick smoke rising over the military base and visible shockwaves rising from the thunderous blasts. Some of the explosions sent flames and white sparks flying high into the air.

It is not clear what caused the blasts, although lax safety precautions have caused similar accidents in the past. Siberia has also been hit by wildfires this summer, made worse by warming temperatures and a lack of rainfall.

Explosions at ammunition dumps can send unexploded shells flying for miles around, requiring a significant clean-up effort to de-mine residential areas before locals can return to their homes.

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