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Arms plant fire injures two

18 May 2020

A fire at an arms factory in Kazanlak, Bulgaria injured two workers on May 14. The plant belongs to Bulgarian arms manufacturer Arsenal. The fire was caused by the ignition of a chemical mixture used in smoke grenades.

Image: Arsenal
Image: Arsenal

Arsenal CEO Nikolay Ibushev told a Bulgarian radio station that the incident was most likely caused by human error. 

This is the second incident at an Arsenal plant this year. In March, an explosion at another arms factory in the town of Myglij injured three people. The blast was caused by a detonation of the factory’s production and resulted in significant damage to a warehouse and a large crater being formed. The injured were all local residents who were taken to hospital in the nearby town of Kazanlak after the blast damaged several residential houses nearby. 

The Arsenal factory has suffered several incidents in recent years. In October 2018, six workers were injured, one seriously, after another incident in Myglij. In 2016, one person was killed in an explosion at an Arsenal plant in the town of Mist.

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