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Blast at Russian military test site kills 2

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Moscow, Aug 8: Two people lost their lives after the fatal explosion of a liquid-propellant rocket engine in Russia’s northern Arkhangelsk region, which is a military testing site.

Russia closed off an area of the White Sea to shipping for a month after the fatal explosion of a rocket engine on a military testing ground in Russia’s north earlier on Thursday, Interfax cited the port of Arkhangelsk as saying.

“During testing of a liquid jet engine an explosion and combustion of the product occurred,” said a statement by the Defence Ministry carried by Russian news agency Interfax.

“There have been no harmful chemicals released into the atmosphere, the radiation levels are normal,” it added.

There had been earlier reports of a fire at a military facility near Nyonoksa town in the same region, which hosts a Navy missile test range known to be used for testing intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs.

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