An explosion at a gunpowder factory in the city of Kotovsk, Tambov Region, killed five people and injured 11 more. The representative of the Investigative Committee of the ICR for the region, Elena Kyarsna, said that “the fifth worker died in the hospital,” writes Interfax.
Earlier it was reported about four dead and 12 injured, at that time the source of Izvestia specified that one of the victims was in a serious condition, seven more were in a state of moderate severity. Among the victims was “one employee of the FKP Tambov Powder Plant, the rest are employees of contracting organizations, they were taken to a medical facility, they are being helped,” the plant said.
The press service of the regional Investigative Committee of Russia stated that the dead worked in a contracting organization and were engaged in repairs.
The Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations for the Tambov Region said that the message about the explosion in building No. 39 on Prospekt Truda Street, 23 was received at 14:10 (Moscow time). After that, the fire started. Twelve departments from six fire departments left for the scene.
Seven minutes later, the fire was extinguished, its area was only 1 sq. m.
Preliminary causes of the fire
The fire was caused by a human factor, Governor of the region Maxim Egorov wrote on his Telegram channel.
“I can state unequivocally that this is not a terrorist attack. Unfortunately, there are human casualties. All necessary assistance to the victims will be provided,” the post reads.
Egorov noted that he “interrupted his working trip around the region and promptly left for the place.”
According to him, nothing threatens the workers of the plant and the residents. “The enterprise is operating normally, the technological cycle has not been disrupted, production has not been stopped,” added the head of the Tambov region.
The press service of the gunpowder factory claims that the explosion occurred “during the installation and piping of pyroxylin hot washing vats by a third-party contractor.” But this is preliminary data, writes TASS.
After reports of an emergency, in addition to the governor, investigators and forensic specialists from the regional department of the Investigative Committee, as well as regional prosecutor Alexander Gulyagin, left for the scene. He coordinates the activities of regulatory and law enforcement agencies.
The Investigative Committee of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the Tambov Region opened a criminal case under Part 3 of Art. 216 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (violation of safety rules in the course of construction and other works, which negligently entailed the death of two or more persons).
Investigative work continues. Employees of the Investigative Committee inspect the site of the explosion, interrogate eyewitnesses, study the circumstances and causes of the incident.