Russia Gunpowder Plant Explosion Kills 17

An explosion at a gunpowder plant in the Shilovsky district of the Ryazan region killed an entire 17-man shift.

According to local emergency services, a fire broke out at 08:22 Moscow time before the whole workshop blew up. 

Razryad LLC, the building where the fire started is an industrial explosive manufacturer and offers mutation disposal services.

There were initially only 16 deaths but the survivor did not survive despite receiving medical treatment. 

“A patient who was taken to the Regional Clinical Hospital in Ryazan by the sanitary aviation of the Disaster Medicine Center has died,” said the Ryazan local government.

The Investigative Committee opened a case on violation of safety requirements for hazardous facilities and has deployed forensic experts from the central office to the Ryazan region to investigate.

Ryazan Minister of Labor and Social Protection Valery Yemets added that the families of the victims will receive 1 million rubles each.

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