Strategic missile base in Russia hit with big blast – fatalities confirmed, radiation level rise

A powerful explosion has taken place at a military base that is used for the development and testing of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) components in Russia’s northern Arkhangelsk region.

What initially began as local reports has now officially been confirmed by the Russian Ministry of Defense which stated that the event that occurred was an accident which took place during the test of a liquid-propellant jet engine.

Moreover, the Russian MoD stated that the blast led to six casualties of which two eventually died from sustained wounds. Those injured and killed include defense ministry officials and missile manufacturer specialists.

Apparently nuclear materials are present at the missile base, because Russian officials also emphasized that since the initial accident, there as been an increase in radiation levels recorded at the nearby Severodinvsk area although these readings are still “normal” limits.

These events at the missile base in Arkhangelsk follow just days after an explosive accident occurred at a military site in Russia’s Siberian Krasnoyarsk region.