16 killed in Russian gunpowder factory blast

The explosion hit the Elastik factory in the Ryazan region, about 167 miles southeast of Moscow, officials said.

16 killed in Russian gunpowder factory blast

An explosion and fire at a gunpowder factory in Russia on Friday killed 16 people, emergency officials said.

The Emergency Situations Ministry said the explosion hit the Elastik factory in the Ryazan region, about 167 miles southeast of Moscow.

Officials initially said the blast killed seven people and left nine missing, but hours later announced that all those missing were dead.

Emergency personnel at the blast site
Emergency personnel at the blast site (Ministry of Emergency Situations press service via AP)

The ministry said 170 emergency workers and 50 vehicles were involved in dealing with the fire.

The ministry said the blast was caused by an unspecified failure during the production process.

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