Russia evacuates villages as huge blaze breaks out at arms depot

Smoke rises from the site of a fire at an ammunition depot in Ryazan Region, Russia October 7, 2020, in this picture obtained from social media. Courtesy of Instagram @KORABLINO/Social Media via REUTERS

Russian authorities rushed to evacuate people from more than 10 villages in the region of Ryazan on Wednesday after a blaze broke out at an ammunition depot, sending thick smoke belching into the air, the Interfax news agency reported.

Munitions could be heard detonating at the depot in footage circulated on social media. A witness in one of the videos said shrapnel and ash was falling from the sky. Reuters could not immediately verify the videos.

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