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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

St. Pete Blast Kills Girl

MOSCOW -- An explosion set off by children playing a prank tore through an apartment stairwell in a St. Petersburg suburb, killing one girl and wounding another, officials said Friday.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry in St. Petersburg said several boys were setting packages of gunpowder alight and tossing them down a garbage chute in the building Thursday night.

The two girls were standing outside the building near a door when the blast went off. One, 12 years old, was killed instantly, while the other, age 9, was seriously wounded.