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16 killed in Russian gunpowder factory blast

16 killed in Russian gunpowder factory blast
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In this photo released by Russian Emergency Ministry Press Service, emergency personnel work at the site of an explosion and fire at a gunpowder factory in the Ryazan region, about 270 kilometers (about 167 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. (Ministry of Emergency Situations press service via AP)

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MOSCOW -- An explosion and fire at a gunpowder factory in Russia on Friday killed 16 people, officials said.

The Emergency Situations Ministry said the explosion hit the Elastik factory in the Ryazan region, about 270 kilometres (about 167 miles) southeast of Moscow.

Officials initially said that the blast killed seven people and left nine missing, but hours later announced that all those missing were dead. One person was hospitalized with serious injuries, according to local officials.
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