Breaking Report: Catastrophic Explosion at Russian Ammo Dump, Shock Wave Forms Dome Above Mushroom Cloud


A massive explosion has occurred in Siberia, reportedly near the town Achinsk.

The cause of the explosion is not yet known, though it reportedly took place at an artillery storage base.

Thousands of people have been evacuated to “be relocated from a 20km radius around the site,” according to the Financial Times.

The Times reported that the site houses thousands of artillery shells.

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Amateur videos of what appears to be the explosion are showing up on Twitter and spreading quickly for good reason — the fireball and preceding shock wave are truly incredible.

One video captured a particularly jaw-dropping image as an explosion erupted. The force of the blast was so strong that a literal shock wave temporarily domed the budding mushroom cloud.

That video appears to have been taken inside the evacuation zone, judging by the differential between when the explosion is seen and when it is heard.

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As of publication four people have been reported injured.

Note: This is an early report on a story with little English language coverage. Tweets and videos embedded are believed to be of the event, though 100 percent confirmation is not possible at this time. This story is subject to revision. 

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Josh Manning is deputy managing editor, assignment, at The Western Journal. He holds a masters in public policy from Harvard University and has a background in higher education.
Josh Manning grew up outside of Memphis, TN and developed a love of history, politics, and government studies thanks to a life-changing history and civics teacher named Mr. McBride.

He holds an MPP from Harvard University and a BA from Lyon College, a small but distinguished liberal arts college where he also served as an interim vice president.

While in school he did everything possible to confront, discomfit, and drive ivy league liberals to their knees.

After a number of years working in academe, he moved to digital journalism and opinion. Since that point, he has held various leadership positions at The Western Journal and now serves as editor-at-large.

He's married to a gorgeous blonde who played in the 1998 NCAA women's basketball championship game, and he has two pre-teens who hate doing dishes more than poison. He makes life possible for two boxers -- "Hank" Rearden Manning and "Tucker" Carlson Manning -- and a pitbull named Nikki Haley "Gracie" Manning.
MPP from Harvard University, BA from Lyon College
Phoenix, Arizona
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