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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Grenade Pin Folly Kills Man

YEKATERINBURG -- A man blew himself up with a hand grenade Tuesday, shortly after train inspectors asked to see his ticket in Chelyabinsk, local prosecutors said.

The inspectors thought they saw a hand grenade in the man's pocket and asked him to get off the commuter train at the next station.

He refused to cooperate with the inspectors and instead demanded that the train continue to Vladivostok, thousands of kilometers away on the Pacific coast, said Liana Yergashova, of the local prosecutor's office.

"Inspectors wanted to check the papers of passengers who looked drunk, but he took out a grenade. He demanded that the train go to Vladivostok," Yergashova said.

Passengers were evacuated from the train and negotiations with the police had gotten under way before Mikhail Yershov, 43, triggered the explosion, which blasted out windows in the carriage.

"Yershov had taken the pin out. He then tried to put the pin back in the grenade, but instead it exploded," Yergashova said.

The explosion did not kill or injure anyone else.