Agencies call the explosion Slovakia's largest industrial disaster.
Early reports speak of several dozen injured, perhaps 10 seriously.
Several people were missing, 2 have been reported dead.
It seems that rockets or other old ammunitions exploded while they
were being deactivated in a facility designated for that purpose on
the outskirts of Novaky. Its employees are civilians. The blast is
said to have cleared an area the size of four soccer fields. Nothing
remained of the buildings:
The town of Novaky is in west-central Slovakia near Bojnice Castle.
People reported broken windows a mile away, felt the blast up to 8
miles away. The town also has a large chemical plant but the local
public announcement system quickly calmed those who feared
contamination before they learned about the location of the blast.
Four people died in a mining disaster at Novaky in November last year.
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