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Russian nuclear agency says five killed in accident at test site


REUTERS/Sergei Yakovlev


Russia’s state nuclear agency Rosatom said on Saturday that five of its staff members were killed in an accident during tests on a military site in northern Russia.


The accident occurred during the engineering and technical support of isotope power sources on a liquid propulsion system, Rosatom said in a statement.


The statement did not give details of the isotope power sources.


A further three staff members suffered injuries, including burns, and were receiving medical treatment in specialized facilities, it said.


Russian authorities had previously said two people had been killed in the incident and that a nearby city had reported a rise in radiation levels when a liquid propellant rocket engine blew up at a testing site in the Arkhangelsk region on Thursday.


Authorities said they had been forced to shut down part of a bay in the White Sea to shipping as a result.



Reuters

10th August 2019

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