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A fire that broke out on Friday at a weapons depot
A fire that broke out on Friday at a weapons depot near St. Petersburg has been put out, and no casualties have been reported, a Russian Air Force spokesman said on Friday.

A local law enforcement source said all of the 410 air-to-air missiles being stored at the depot had exploded. No official information on the missiles has been released.

Colonel Alexander Drobyshevsky said the cause of the fire remains unclear. "The fire could have been cause by burning of grass. All versions will be verified later," he said.

The fire broke out at 2.50 p.m. Moscow time (10.50 a.m. GMT), and raged for about 40 minutes. Residents of the nearby military base were evacuated. The evacuation was cancelled when the fire stopped.

The nearby Pulkovo airport and rail line continued operations without interruption.


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