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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Explosion Rocks Leningradskaya Hotel

A blast from a homemade explosive device shook Moscow's Leningradskaya Hotel at 9. 40 P. M. on Sunday night, city police said. No injuries were reported.


Hotel administrators refused to comment or to allow access to the scene of the blast, which was on the fifth floor in the room of an unidentified woman from the central Russian city of Ryazan.


An Interior Ministry official said the explosion was caused by a homemade device in room 531 of the hotel. He declined to comment on possible motives or suspects, however.


The Leningradskaya houses a number of commercial firms, including two adjoining rooms belonging to the firm "Russko M", an Austro-Russian joint venture, according to one of the firm's employees. Both rooms were damaged in the blast, which blew out the walls, causing 50 million rubles of damage, the employee said.


"At 9: 30 I was in my room when I heard a strong bang", said a hotel resident who asked not to be named. "The building shook. I thought it was an earthquake or a car accident". When he left his room 30 minutes later, the hall smelled of gunpowder and was full of men in military fatigues, he said.