BREAKING: Many Causalities As Powerful Explosion Rocks Factory
No fewer than 31 people have reportedly been injured as a powerful explosion rocked a factory in the town of Sergiyev Posad outside of Moscow, Russia’s capital.
Following the unfortunate development, the local authorities have ordered an evacuation, RT reports.
The incident according to the report took place on the territory of the Zagorsk Optical-Mechanical Plant, which according to its website, designs and produces optical and electronic equipment.
Prosecutors have confirmed the preliminary data that the explosion occurred in the pyrotechnics warehouse.
Andrey Vorobyev, Moscow Region’s governor, said citing emergency services that 31 people were injured in the blast, with three of them being taken to an intensive care unit. He added that a total of 19 people have been hospitalized.
Mass evacuation efforts have been announced from all the facilities on the premises of the factory.
Numerous clips shared by local media show a large plume of smoke towering over nearby buildings and rising from the factory.
A source in the emergency services told RIA Novosti that the explosion took place due to a violation of technical procedures.
Meanwhile, the Mash Telegram channel shared footage from a nearby security camera that captured the moment of the explosion, showing a fireball and a plume of smoke rising in the distance. It claimed, citing eyewitnesses, that the blast shattered windows in at least ten nearby buildings, with ceilings collapsing in office buildings.
BAZA Telegram channel suggested that some people might be trapped under the rubble, adding that the emergency services had arrived on the scene and that traffic near the factory had been closed.