48 body fragments found after explosion at plant in Moscow region, 80 more injured
So far, 48 body fragments have been found at the site of the explosion on the territory of the Zagorsk Optical and Mechanical Plant in Sergiev Posad, Moscow Region, Russia, which occurred on 8 August. They are likely to belong to the bodies of 10 people. At least 80 other people were injured.
The explosion was so powerful that most of the victims had their limbs blown off. This was reported by the Russian Telegram channel Baza.
The rubble is still being cleared. The death toll is expected to rise to at least 15.
According to the RIA Novosti propaganda outlet, citing the Russian Health Ministry, 15 people have been hospitalised. In addition, 8 people are reported missing.
According to the Russian media, the explosion is now being investigated as a violation of industrial safety, sabotage or a drone strike. According to the latter version, investigators believe that the drone could have hit a truck with gunpowder that arrived at the Zagorsk Optical and Mechanical Plant and provoked a large-scale explosion.
According to the official version, the explosion occurred at a pyrotechnics warehouse owned by Piro-Ross due to a "human factor". However, a video was posted online showing objects scattered across the plant after the explosion. One of them looked less like pyrotechnics and more like a 122mm shell.
Later, a second shell was found near the plant that exploded in Sergiev Posad. Four buildings on the plant's territory were completely destroyed, another six buildings were partially destroyed, and 14 buildings were damaged. Official media insist on the "pyrotechnics" version of the incident.
As a reminder, Zagorsk Optical and Mechanical Plant JSC (ZOMP, part of the Schwabe holding of Rostec State Corporation) is a "leading developer and manufacturer of optical and optoelectronic devices for law enforcement agencies, industry and healthcare".
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported:
- The Defence Intelligence of Ukraine said that the attacks on Moscow, which have become more frequent recently, are a consequence of Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine and a kind of 'God's punishment'. They argue that Russia's power has been significantly overestimated by the international community, and that the Russian army is not even close to being the "second army of the world";
- a Russian woman decided to loot the site of an explosion in the Moscow region and take a mosquito net that had fallen out of the windows of a house as a result of the impact. Residents of the house noticed the suspicious woman and prevented her from taking what was not hers.