Blasts at Serbia ammunition depot; 1 killed, some 25 injured

AP News
Posted: Feb 28, 2017 2:14 PM

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Two explosions occurred at a military facility in central Serbia Tuesday, killing at least one person and injuring 25 others, Serbia's Defense Ministry said. Three people are missing.

The statement said the blasts took place at an ammunition depot in Kragujevac, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Belgrade, which stores mines and other ammunition.

Local media said a roof caved in, possibly trapping some people inside. Firefighting teams were at the scene.

Defense Minister Zoran Djordjevic said at the scene that there are fears of more explosions.

"Drones and robots will have to be brought in to find the missing," he said.

Local hospital officials said most of the victims suffered severe burns.

The facility has been tasked with destroying the surplus of weapons left over from the wars in the Balkans in the 1990s during the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia.