Coke and gas plant catches fire after explosion in Russia’s Moscow Oblast – social media

6 March, 11:21 AM
Explosion at the Moscow Coke and Gas Plant (Photo:Screenshot from the video)

Explosion at the Moscow Coke and Gas Plant (Photo:Screenshot from the video)

A coke and gas plant in Russia’s Moscow Oblast caught fire after an explosion overnight on March 5, the Russian Telegram channel Mash reported.

“Big fire at Moskoks (Moscow Coke and Gas Plant) in Vydne. At first, an explosion was heard, after which a pillar of flame rose 20 meters high,” the message on the Mash channel reads.

It added that the area of the fire was 200 square meters.

Later, the Mash channel reported that a pump column containing benzene had caught fire at the plant.

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According to preliminarily reports, there were no casualties in the incident.

The incident is the second explosion and fire in Moscow Oblast in less than a week: on March 2, there was a loud explosion and later a fire in the town of Kolomna, about 114 kilometers southeast of the Russian capital Moscow.

Russian authorities gave no information about the cause of the blast, while Russian media speculated that it could have been “a drone that exploded in the air” or “a sonic boom” from a MiG fighter jet flying over the town.

Before that, on Feb. 28, the wreckage of a Ukrainian UJ-22 strike drone was found in Moscow Oblast, near the village of Gubastovo, which is about 14 kilometers to the north of Kolomna. Russian authorities speculated that the drone had crashed after running out of fuel.

Media later reported that a facility owned by Russian giant state gas company Gazprom is located near Gubastovo.

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