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One person was killed, Eight were missing and 60 were Injured in a Blast on Wednesday at the site of an optics and optical electronics factory in the Russian town of Sergiev Posad, 50 km  northeast of Moscow, local authorities said.

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Emergency services said the explosion occurred in a warehouse containing pyrotechnic equipment, state news agency TASS reported.

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Governor of the Moscow region, said the premises had been rented by a private firm, and that a criminal investigation had been opened into possible violations of safety procedures.

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The Zagorsk Optical and Mechanical Plan prodtuces optical equipment for industrial and healthcare applications as well as for the Russian security forces.

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38 Apartment blocks in the surrounding area had been damaged, along with Two schools, a Sports complex and a store.

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TASS quoted emergency services as dismissing early reports that the blast could have been caused by a drone attack.

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After speaking to investigators, the Russian news outlet Kommersant reported, Chankayev said he had no idea how or why the explosion happened.

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Explosions in Moscow that Russia has blamed on Ukrainian drones. Russia has launched hundreds of drones at targets across Ukraine, including the capital, Kyiv.

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And After Explosion: Moscow has Declared a State of Emergency.

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