Two people are killed in explosion at Russian missile testing site - just in.

Drifter

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  • The explosion occurred during testing of a missile engine unit
  • Six others were injured in the blast and emergency services are at the scene
  • Radiation levels are normal and no harmful substances were released


Two people have been killed and six injured in an explosion at Russian missile testing site.

The explosion occurred during testing of a missile engine unit at a military base in the north.

Radiation levels are normal after the explosion which involved a liquid-propellant rocket engine, the defence ministry was quoted as saying.

Emergency services have been sent to the scene.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7336981/Two-people-killed-explosion-Russian-missile-testing-site.html?ico=pushly-notifcation-small
 

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So why mention radiation levels are normal if it only involved liquid-propellant.

Conspiracy hat on.
 

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So why mention radiation levels are normal if it only involved liquid-propellant.

Conspiracy hat on.
Maybe a nuclear powered cruise missile

Specialized Russian ship crews are preparing to recover debris and components containing nuclear materials in the Barents Sea after a new kind of Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile crashed following a flight-test last November, according to a report published this week by CNBC. The test took place at a launch site in Novaya Zemlya, away from the Russian mainland, and the missile flew for some 35 kilometers.
https://thediplomat.com/2018/08/russia-readies-recovery-effort-for-nuclear-powered-cruise-missile-lost-at-sea-in-2017/

Feb 6, 2019
Russia's nuclear-powered cruise missile, a throwback to crazy-sounding Cold War weapons tech, is back. Whether it'll ever work is a separate issue.
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In November 2017, a "moderately successful" test of Skyfall from the Pan’kovo test site on the Arctic island of Novaya Zemlya resulted in several Russian ships fishing debris and nuclear materials from the Barents Sea.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/research/a26214314/russia-new-test-nuclear-powered-cruise-missile/

Novaya Zemlya falls within the Arkhangelsk Oblast area mentioned in the OP
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novaya_Zemlya
 

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Said the same at first about the explosion at Chernobyl.. :whistling:
Actually they said nothing whatsoever, the Swedes detected elevated radiation levels a few days later at one of their own plants and then figured out it's not from their plant, they asked the soviets and being the soviets that they were they denied it initially. So it was only made public a few days later.
 

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Actually they said nothing whatsoever, the Swedes detected elevated radiation levels a few days later at one of their own plants and then figured out it's not from their plant, they asked the soviets and being the soviets that they were they denied it initially. So it was only made public a few days later.
Was referencing the first episode of the series Chernobyl..
 

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So why mention radiation levels are normal if it only involved liquid-propellant.

Conspiracy hat on.
Heard on the radio news now, they apparently measured elevated levels of radiation immediately after the explosion which has now returned to normal levels..
 

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How sure are we that this was an accident? :unsure:
Doubt we would know the actual truth. Most likely answer a failure on the rocket was the fuel/propellant = big boom. There are 18 plus minus types of missiles Russia have in operation, which type for what ranges, no idea

I know of the explosion in Achinsk, Krasnoyarsk ammo depot that carried on for plus 10 hours.
 

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Definitely more to this story than first appearance. Link is paywalled: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/radiation-leak-after-explosion-at-nyonoksa-missile-research-site-closes-major-port-at-dvina-bay-gv5bcn0p3
All shipping was banned from a major Russian port for a month today after an explosion at a secretive military facility triggered a radiation leak.

Following the blast at a missile research facility near Nyonoksa, which killed two people and injured others, Russia closed off the nearby Dvina Bay area of the White Sea to shipping.

A spike in background radiation was recorded in the nearby city of Severodvinsk in the Arkhangelsk region, the state news agency Tass reported, citing municipal officials.
 

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Edit: BBC update: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49319160
Five Russian nuclear engineers who died in a rocket engine explosion have been buried in Sarov, a closed town 373km (232 miles) east of Moscow, where nuclear warheads are made.

The Russian state nuclear agency, Rosatom, said the experts had been testing a nuclear-powered engine. But it gave no further technical details.

The test was on an offshore platform in the Arctic, at a naval test range.

Russia has previously tested a nuclear-powered cruise missile, "Burevestnik".
Still very mysterious, but here's a Scott Manley video:

 
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