Fire at arsenal in Balakliya: Low-power explosions, minor flames observed

Source : 112 Ukraine

State Emergency Service's aircraft poured water on the area seven times, - Ukraine's defence ministry
23:56, 3 May 2018

The State Emergency Service of Ukraine

Low-intensity blasts and small ignition sites are observed at the arsenal in Balakliya, Kharkiv region, where the fire occurred on May 3. The press service of Ukraine's defence ministry reported that on Thursday evening.

The press department also said that as of 10 p.m. Thursday, the aviation of the State Emergency Service performed seven water drops on the premises of the ammunition depot that suffered in the fire. 

'Four crew from the Armed Forces and another six crews from the State Emergency Service, three fire tanks, armored combat engineer and the aircraft are involved in the works. 94 men are involved totally', the ministry reported.  

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The fire began in the afternoon on May 3. A fire rescue tank trod on an unknown explosive item, which resulted in the flame. The fire, in turn, led to a number of explosions.

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According to the press service of the General Staff of Ukraine, the dry grass caught fire at 13:55 at the former technical territory of a 65th arsenal in Balakliya. The works on the cleaning and demining of the armaments' debris that did not explode during the previous fire took place and the new fire has begun. The staff that cleaned and de-mined the area has been evacuated. The police limited the road traffic and entrances to the town.

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'Army soldiers and the Emergency Service assumed measures to provide the safety for the local', the message said.

As 112 International reported, a series of powerful blasts took place at an ammunition storage facility in Kharkiv region on late March 23. The incident occurred near the town of Balakliya. Many of the locals were evacuated from the town and its vicinities. The fire caused by the blasts was finally extinguished the day after that, by the evening of March 24. Numerous casualties and even a fatality were reported.

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