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Series of explosions cause large fire at Serbian munitions factory

07 June 2021

A series of explosions at a military munitions factory in Serbia caused a significant fire on June 4. No one was hurt in the incident, however the explosions forced the evacuation of the local area while 60 employees rushed to get away from the plant.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The incident happened at around 01:30 local time at the Sloboda factory in Cacak, around 87 miles (140 kilometres) south of Belgrade. The factory produces home appliances as well as artillery ammunition, propellants and explosives. A series of blasts caused a large fireball to light up the night sky which could be seen from several miles away.

Police and firefighters worked quickly to move local residents and employees away from the factory and closed several roads leading towards the plant.

The cause of the initial blast remains unknown, however Serbia's Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin has said that the situation was quickly brought under the control and that “everything is safe”. Sixty workers managed to escape the plant unhurt.

The plant has experienced safety incidents before, notably in 2003 when three Sloboda workers were killed by an explosion.

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