Nine people have been taken to hospital following an explosion in a storage locker at a busy St. Petersburg supermarket. Over 50 people have been evacuated from the building.
“There was a bang. Emergency personnel are already on the scene. The evacuation has been completed, and there was no fire,” a local Emergencies Ministry official told TASS news agency.
The victims were taken to the accident ward with injuries “of variable severity.” One man refused hospitalization.
Officials are treating the investigation as a potential mass homicide attempt and say that the explosion was equivalent to 200g of TNT.
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