Military Capabilities

Test of liquid propellant linked to explosion and fire in Russia

09 August 2019

A test of a liquid propellant for an unidentified missile on 8 August at Russia's test facility near Nenoska and Severodvinsk led to an explosion and fire, the governor of the Arkhangelsk Region, Igor Orlov, said in a VKontakte post on 8 August.

The explosion led to a fire that a video posted on Twitter on 9 August showed burning and producing a large cloud of black smoke.

Estimates of the number of casualties caused by the incident vary, with the TASS news agency reporting on 8 August that 1 person died and at least 10 were injured, while Orlov's VKontakte post said six people were injured.

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