A huge explosion has struck an ammunition depot at a military firing range in southern Russia. The Defense Ministry said a rocket engine caught fire. Around 600 people have been evacuated.
The incident took place at Ashuluk testing range near the city of Astrakhan in southern Russia.
According to TASS sources, rocket boosters used to launch spacecraft into low Earth orbit have caught fire in the depot. Life.ru report the engine is from an S-75 high-altitude air defense system.
At least 600 people were evacuated from the site of the incident. This included residents of a nearby town, but not the personnel of the testing range.
Firefighters managed to localize the blaze, RIA Novosti reported, citing EMERCOM sources.