11:38 GMT05 March 2021
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    An explosion at a plant in the Nizhny Novgorod region has triggered a huge fire engulfing a 100-square-meter area, according to a source speaking to Sputnik.

    The explosion occurred at a defense factory in the city of Dzerzinsk, killing three people. Three more people are missing. 

    Initially, a source told Sputnik that two persons had been wounded as a result of the explosion.

    "The incident occurred at a workshop specializing in the production of ammonal at the plant named after Ya.M. Sverdlov in the city of Dzerzhinsk. Two people were injured, " the source said to Sputnik.

    The blast was followed by a fire that is now being extinguished by firefighters. 

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    The Ya.M. Sverdlov plant is one of the biggest munitions factories in Russia, producing a wide range of industrial explosive materials, detonators, cumulative charges for crushing oversized materials in the mining industry as well as perforating charges for the oil and gas industry.

    Russia, Nizhny Novgorod
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