Blasts reported at munitions plant in Bulgaria’s Kazanluk

Explosions rocked the Arsenal munitions plant in Kazanluk, central Bulgaria, late on September 11 and again on the morning of September 12, public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television reported.

Neither explosion caused any casualties and the ensuing fires were quickly extinguished, the report said.

The plant’s executive director Nikolai Iboushev told Bulgarian broadcaster Darik Radio that the incidents could not be described as explosions, but were rather instances of self-ignition that happen during the production cycle. The incidents happened on two separate gunpowder production lines.

The only damage was to one of the nearby walls, which cracked because of the high temperatures, Darik quoted Iboushev as saying.

Firefighters were on site during both incidents and were able to quickly put out the fires, he said.

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