Explosion at Russian chemical plant kills one person and severely injures others

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A major chemical explosion at a secret Russian plant has killed one and severely wounded six more, say reports.

Five men and two women suffered horrific ‘chemical burns’.

‘When the fire began, people ran out, pulling their clothes off because they were burning alive,’ a source told Tsargrad Rostov.

The incident was reportedly at a secret section of Kamensky chemical plant which undertakes work for the Russian defence industry.  

The plant announced that there was a fire at 8pm local time on Thursday evening. It had not been disclosed until today. 

A major chemical explosion at a secret Russian plant has killed one and severely wounded six more, say reports. Five men and two women suffered horrific 'chemical burns' (pictured: Moment of explosion)

A major chemical explosion at a secret Russian plant has killed one and severely wounded six more, say reports. Five men and two women suffered horrific ‘chemical burns’ (pictured: Moment of explosion)

The workshop evidently had a door two metres thick.

One victim suffered 80 per cent chemical burns, the rest 100 per cent. The workers, who are now fighting for their lives, were blamed for violating safety rules. 

First reports suggested there was an issue with wiring which caused chemical reaction and the explosion. No harmful emissions were released into the atmosphere, it was claimed.  

Residents in Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Rostov region said there was an unpleasant chemical smell in the air. 

The workshop where it happened is a 'closed' type, making products for a so far undisclosed 'special purpose' (pictured: chemical plant general view)

The workshop where it happened is a ‘closed’ type, making products for a so far undisclosed ‘special purpose’ (pictured: chemical plant general view)

Alexey, brother of victim Gennady Andreev (pictured), said the victims 'had 14 seconds to run to a door which is two metres thick'

Alexey, brother of victim Gennady Andreev (pictured), said the victims ‘had 14 seconds to run to a door which is two metres thick’

There appeared to be attempts by the Russian authorities too hush up the accident.

An ‘operational group’ has been set up to probe the chemical fire which the plant said was extinguished within an hour. 

The makeup of the group indicates that the accident was a major military incident.   

It is headed by Dmitry Kapranov, director of the Department of the Industry of Conventional Arms, Ammunition and Special Chemistry of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, say reports.  

The plant is engaged in the production of chemical products, including for the Russian Ministry of Defence, it is understood.

It has links to NPO Splav which produces multiple launch rocket systems Grad, Smerch, and Uragan.

Alexey, brother of victim Gennady Andreev, said the victims ‘had 14 seconds to run to a door which is two metres thick.’

The incident was reportedly at a secret section of Kamensky chemical plant which undertakes work for the Russian defence industry (pictured: Gennady Ivanov)

The incident was reportedly at a secret section of Kamensky chemical plant which undertakes work for the Russian defence industry (pictured: Gennady Ivanov)

He said: ‘They were not supposed to be there.

‘No-one is supposed to be here while the equipment is getting checked.

‘Half of their shift burned.

‘About 2 weeks ago two others were burned, a man and a young woman.

‘My brother, we have been together since the orphanage. We are breadwinners for our families.

The plant is engaged in the production of chemical products, including for the Russian Ministry of Defence, it is understood (pictured: Svetlana Mirhina, a victim of the explosion)

The plant is engaged in the production of chemical products, including for the Russian Ministry of Defence, it is understood (pictured: Svetlana Mirhina, a victim of the explosion)

Five men and two women suffered horrific 'chemical burns'. One victim suffered 80 per cent chemical burns, the rest 100 per cent (pictured: Alexander Krasnikov)

Five men and two women suffered horrific ‘chemical burns’. One victim suffered 80 per cent chemical burns, the rest 100 per cent (pictured: Alexander Krasnikov)

‘He must have been forced to do the work which he has never done before. We are told very little.’

Victims were named as Alexey Boiko, born 1982, Gennady Ivanov, born 1987, Gennady Andreev, born 1990, Svetlana Mikhina, born 1966, Galina Anatolyevna Avdeeva 1971 Alexander Krasnikov, born 1988, and Vyacheslav Sukhobriy,born 1978.

The plant is also known to produce sodium carboxymethyl cellulose, which is used in the oil and gas sector. mining and processing, paint and varnish, textile and many other industries. In addition, polyester resins, semi-finished varnishes, wallpaper glue & antifreeze.

However, the workshop where it happened is a ‘closed’ type, making products for a so far undisclosed ‘special purpose’.

A source said that people ran out when the fire began and were pulling their clothes off because 'they were burning alive' (pictured: Gennady Andreev)

A source said that people ran out when the fire began and were pulling their clothes off because ‘they were burning alive’ (pictured: Gennady Andreev)

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