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Shells explode, thousands evacuate as arsenal fire shakes Russia

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A television grab shows balls of fire and columns of smoke rising above a burning arms depot in central Russia's Udmurtia region early on June 3. Fire raged through an arms depot where tonnes of artillery shells and rockets are stored, causing the mass evacuation of people and leaving dozens injured in the third such recent incident.

The AP reports from MOSCOW:

Shells are exploding and tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes as fire blazes through an ammunition depot in central Russia.

Russian news reports say at least 28 people have been injured in the blaze and explosions that started late Thursday at the arsenal in the republic of Udmurtia, some 900 kilometers (550 miles) east of Moscow. Continue reading.