A short circuit caused a fire and an explosion of a self-propelled artillery system during routine combat training of the Russian Armed Forces near the village of Kuzminki in Russia's southern Rostov region at 7:45 a.m. on April 28, Russian Southern Military District spokesman Col. Igor Gorbul told Interfax-AVN.
"The crew of this combat vehicle promptly evacuated to safety. The fire caused the self-propelled system's ammunition to detonate. The preliminary information available suggests that none of the servicemen were hurt," the officer said.
"Firefighters are taking measures to contain and extinguish the blaze," he said.
A military source, for his part, told Interfax that an ammunition depot is burning on the outskirts of Rostov-on-Don.
"The preliminary information available indicates that one round of ammunition detonated at the field depot, triggering a fire. No one is believed to have been killed or injured in the blaze, but the ammo depot is still burning," he said.
Tenants have already been evacuated from a village located near the training range, he said.
An Interfax correspondent, who lives near this training range, has reported that a loud flapping sound was heard in the vicinity of the Taganrog motorway early on Tuesday morning and then several firefighting vehicles with their sirens and flashing lights on were seen rushing towards the military training range.
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