MOSCOW – At least 42 people have been injured in blasts at a factory that manufactures explosives in western Russia, emergency services said on Saturday.
The incident took place at the Kristall factory in the city of Dzerzhinsk in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region.
Ten of the injured, four of them seriously, were taken to the hospital, according to the regional health ministry, cited by Russian news agency Interfax.
Workers at the factory managed to escape the premises in time to save their lives.
Local residents were among the people hurt as a result of the incident.
The explosions led to the collapse of one of the warehouses at the factory, located some 800 kilometers east of Moscow, according to preliminary information.
Over 300 emergency services workers were at the scene, including firefighters, who managed to put out the flames.
Authorities declared a state of emergency in the area, but did not order the evacuation of nearby towns, considered usual practice in such cases.
About 200 local residents witnessed windows being blown out of their homes due to the force of the explosions.
According to the ministry, the incident happened due to an alleged violation of safety regulations during the process of making munitions.
The occurrence of further explosions has not been ruled out because besides manufacturing munitions, trinitrotoluene in particular, bombs destined for military aviation were stored in the warehouse that was in flames.
The Kristall plant in Dzerzhinsk has been manufacturing munitions for over 60 years.