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At least seven people dead & others injured after explosion at gunpowder production facility near Russian city of Ryazan

“17 people were injured, seven of them died, one was hospitalized, the fate of nine people remains unknown,” the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations confirmed to RIA Novosti.

The fire broke out early Friday morning due to what was described by the ministry as “the result of a technological process.” According to Vladimir Lukantsov, the head of Shilovsky District, the region where the factory is located, a total of 17 people were in the facility at the time of the explosion.

The factory, PGUP Elastik, is located around 2km from the nearest settlement, and the surrounding population is not thought to be in danger.

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