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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Blasts Rip Through Ulyanovsk Arms Depot

A series of blasts tore through a Russian arms depot on Friday, knocking out the windows of nearby houses and injuring at least 10 people, local news agencies reported.

A deputy mayor in Ulyanovsk, a city on the banks of the Volga River, said a fire had ripped through stores of conventional munitions at a defense ministry arsenal on the outskirts.

The Interfax news agency quotes regional governor Sergei Morozov as saying 35 workers are missing, 10 people have been hospitalized and some 3,000 civilians have been evacuated from the area.

"Stores of normal ammunition are on fire, but there is no risk of the fire spreading to the chemical stores," Ulyanovsk deputy mayor Alexander Bukin was quoted as saying by Interfax.

"Houses nearby the arsenal have had their windows blown in," he said.

A reporter from Vesti-24 said the explosions were still erupting.

(AP, Reuters)