More than 2,300 people were evacuated from villages in the Russian region of Ryazan after a wildfire set off explosions at an ammunition depot, Russian state media reported Wednesday, citing the Ministry of Emergency Situations.
The fire had not been contained as of Thursday morning, and more than 20 people were taken to hospital, the state news agency TASS reported, citing local officials.
Local authorities imposed a state of emergency in the region, located in western Russia.
The depot in the Ryazan region is reportedly used to store missiles and other artillery munitions.
The site caught fire on Wednesday after flames spread from burning grasslands, officials said.
The emergency services reported a string of explosions from the depot site – coming every five to ten seconds – shortly after the fire broke out.
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