Fire at ammunition depot in northeastern Ukraine: lines of enquiry

18:51, 4 May 2018

A fire broke out at a military arsenal in Balakliya, Kharkiv region, northeastern Ukraine. No casualties reported; however, the fire engulfed about 35 hectares of the area, causing powerful explosions.

As the very incident took place on May 3, crews from the State Emergency Service and the Armed Forces kept on extinguishing the fire until late May 4. The law enforcers are now looking into three possible causes of the fire.

The first one is the ignition of the dry grass, as the fire rescue tank tripped on an explosive item. Besides, the spark from the tank’s exhaust tube could set the grass on fire. Finally, the third possible cause is spontaneous detonation of the ammunition, which could be overheated. By 3 p.m. Friday, the fire was almost extinguished.