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Explosion at Polish weapons factory kills one

17 June 2024

A blast at a munitions factory in southeastern Poland killed one worker and injured several others on 10 June. The incident happened at the Mesko arms factory in the city of Skarzysko-Kamienna and caused a significant fire to break out.

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The cause of the initial explosion is unknown, however Mesko said that it originated in the facility’s rocket fuel centre which was opened just a few years ago. The blast caused a significant fire to break out which took firefighters several hours to bring under control and extinguish.

Officials confirmed that a 59-year old worker died during the incident, while several others were taken to hospital after inhaling smoke. All of the injured workers are expected to make full recoveries.

An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the initial blast. The state-run factory manufacturers weapons and munitions. Weapon and ammunition manufacturing has been significantly increased in recent years due to Poland’s extensive military support for Ukraine.

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