Tuesday 11 August 2020

Aug. 10, 2020: Gas Station Explodes in Volgograd, Russia

At least 13 people have been injured after a fire sparked a huge explosion at a gas station in southwest Russia.

The enormous fireball goes high up into the sky. It is frightening. It happened in the city of Volgograd.

Ten of those injured were taken to hospital, local media reported.

The victims included firefighters who had been called to the petrol station to tackle the initial blaze at 12.40pm local time (8.40am GMT), according to Russia’s emergencies ministry.

"The firefighters were literally scattered by a blast wave," Vladislav Kopyev, head of the region’s 1st fire and rescue unit, was quoted by the ministry as saying.

The initial fire is believed to have been sparked by a discharge of static electricity as fuel was pumped from a tanker to an underground storage tank.

Staff had evacuated the station before the blast went off and caused a larger blaze, which spread over 1,000 square metres.

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