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Two reported missing after Czech ammunition dump explosion

16 October 2014

Two people were reported missing in a blast at an ammunition storage facility in Vlachovice-Vrbetice, Czech Republic on October 16, police said. Hundreds were evacuated from companies and a training school situated close to the facility.

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"The building stores infantry and artillery ammunition," said Czech regional fire corps' spokesman Libor Netopil. Police spokeswoman Monika Kozumplikova said that five people were in the storage facility. Three of them left before the explosion, but the remaining two were missing.

Czech General Staff spokeswoman Jana Ruzickova said the military was not using the facility at the time of the accident.

The civilian firm that used the premises, Imex Group, deals with supplies of arms and ammunition for the military and police, according to the Defense and Security Industry Association of the Czech Republic.

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