VIDEO: Massive Explosion, Shockwave Spark Widespread Evacuations Here
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Eleven thousand Russians were being evacuated from neighborhoods in Krasnoyarsk region's city of Achinsk following blasts and a fire at a military storage facility, TASS news agency cited local authorities as saying.
Photographs showed a huge explosion on the horizon with flames leaping into the sky followed by belching black smoke.
Eight people were injured in the incident, TASS news agency cited doctors as saying. A Russian soldier was killed, TASS cited a source as saying. A source from another agency, RIA, at the defense ministry denied the information about the soldier's death.