Blast, fire kill 16 at Russian chemicals plant

Sixteen people were killed in an explosion and fire at a gunpowder and chemicals plant in Russia's western Ryazan province, TASS news agency reported on Friday (October 22), citing a source.

The emergencies ministry confirmed 12 deaths in the accident, saying four people remained missing.

TASS quoted its source as saying the accident had been caused by a failure to observe the proper technical process at the facility.

Pictures from the site published by the ministry showed fire-fighters standing next to a brick building that appeared to have been partly demolished by the blast.

(Source: Reuters)

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