Explosion at ammunitions depot prompts evacuations in Ukraine (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Explosion at ammunitions depot prompts evacuations in Ukraine (PHOTOS, VIDEO) Get short URL Some 10,000 people from near the city of Chernigov in northern Ukraine were evacuated after powerful explosions rocked a local munitions depot. The area has been put on lockdown for air and land travel.
The first reports of explosions at the arsenal in the town of Ichnia came in the depths of the night, at 3.30 am, the Ukraineâs General Staff reported. The scale of the explosion and the territory it has affected is unclear at the moment. An emergency response headquarters has been set up.
Some 10,000 people have been evacuated, Ukraineâs state emergency service has reported. Airspace within 20 k m (12 mi) from the depot has been closed. Rail and road traffic have been temporarily put on lockdown. 220 emergency staffers and 60 technical units have been dispatched to the scene.
There has been no information on casualties so far, First Deputy Interior Minister Serhiy Yarovoy, in charge of the emergency headquarters, said.
The powerful blasts smashed doors and windows in nearby areas, according to localsâ comments on social media. People have been posting images of the night sky lit up by the apparent explosions.
In one social media video, loud bangs can be heard in the background, as fire can be seen raging at the depot.
Emergency service crews, national police and The National Guard have all been alerted. The Ukraineâs Interior Ministry has meanwhile called for additional reinforcements.Source: Google News Ukraine | Netizen 24 Ukraine