The fire in Balakliya could be caused by the falling of the spark of the fire tank’s exhaust pipe. Major General Mykola Shevtsov, the Commander of the armament of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claimed this as 112 Ukraine reported.
‘As for today, a few causes of the fire are considered. The first is the ignition of the dried grass at the part of the technical territory that was not demined as the fire tank tracks hit the explosive object that caused the fire’, he said.
According to the second version, the falling of the spark of the fire tank’s exhaust pipe could cause the fire.
‘The third version is the effect of the sunlight on the explosives at the not cleared territory that led to their ignition. The explosives left since the fire in 2017 are at the mentioned territory and they need the special attention for the instructions on the treatment of them, particularly, there are the munitions components that were affected by the thermal stresses, gunpowder ingredients and other elements’, Shevtsov noted.
He also reported that less than 30% of the technical area is not demined, particularly the territory where the fire occurred.
As we reported the fire occurred at the armament depot in Balakliya, Kharkiv region on May 3. According to the Defense Ministry, the fire tank ran over some explosive device during the execution of the technical works.
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 the 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.
As at 19:30 on May 3, the firemen succeeded to localize the fire. The police investigates the incident due to the negligence to the military service.
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.