On Thursday, February 16, an explosion occurred at the Chapaev Mechanical Plant in the Samara Region, one person died, three were injured. This is reported by TASS with reference to emergency services.
According to the interlocutor, an explosive detonation occurred in one of the workshops. He stated that there was no fire after the explosion. According to REN TV, the explosion occurred during a technological operation on the equipment line for equipping blasting caps. The publication cites a violation of safety regulations as the reason, and a criminal case has been initiated into the incident.
The press service of the regional Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Investigative Committee of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, as well as at the plant, do not comment on the situation, Kommersant notes . When calling, the source of the publication at the enterprise specified that law enforcement officers are now investigating the situation.
The Chapaev Mechanical Plant produces blasting caps, pyrotechnic relays, detonating cords, shaped charges, sealed explosive cartridges, and cartridge emulsion explosives.
Fires or explosions have repeatedly occurred at the facilities of the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) of the Russian Ministry of Defense since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. The cause of the fires is called a violation of fire safety rules, in some cases even preliminary versions are not disclosed. Previously, The Insider collected all incidents at military-industrial complex facilities - by May 2022 alone, six such cases were recorded. In October, an explosion occurred at a gunpowder factory in Perm (FKP "Perm Powder Factory"), as a result, three employees of the plant were killed , one was injured. At this plant, charges are made for air defense systems, Grad and Smerch multiple launch rocket systems. The last time a fire at the Perm gunpowder factory was reported was on May 1, when there were two dead. In addition, fires occur at Russian oil refineries.
In April, adviser to the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak commented on what is happening in the border regions of Russia: “Belgorod, Voronezh, Kursk regions are now also beginning to actively explore such a concept as“ demilitarization ”. Disarmament. In these Russian regions, large fuel bases periodically burn, providing fuel for the armored vehicles of the Russian army, and ammunition depots explode.”