2 people dead after explosion at naval test facility in Russian Federation

2 people dead after explosion at naval test facility in Russian Federation

2 people dead after explosion at naval test facility in Russian Federation

Both were civilian specialists, the country's defence ministry said in a statement.

Two people have been killed in an explosion at a naval test facility in northern Russian Federation, officials say.

Information has not been provided as to exactly when the explosion occurred, however, according to local authorities in Severodvinsk town radiation reached a peak between 11:50 and 12:30 Thursday (local time), before dropping and normalizing around 14:00 hrs.

Radiation levels are normal after the explosion which involved a liquid-propellant rocket engine, the defense ministry was quoted as saying.

A brief rise of the radiation level above the natural background was registered in Severodvinsk on Thursday following the explosion, the city's authorities said.

"As a result of the accident, six defence ministry employees and a developer were injured".

Those reports say an area near Nyonoksa is used for tests on weapons, including ballistic and cruise missiles that are used by the Russian navy.

Health officials said that no members of the public were affected.

"There's no radioactive contamination", a spokeswoman for the Arkhangelsk region, where the base is situated, told AFP.

They added that the levels have since "normalized". No official explanation has been given for why such an accident would cause radiation to spike.

The testing centre dates back to 1954 and was used by the Soviet Union to test its nuclear arsenal. The blaze triggered powerful explosions that continued for about 16 hours, killing one person, injuring 13 others and forcing over 16,500 people to flee their homes.

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