Explosion heard in center of Rivne

Former serviceman almost blew himself up in his apartment.

21 January 2016 12:00

Reckless actions of the former serviceman led to an explosion in one of the apartments in the central part of Rivne city, near Korolenko square. It happened at noon on January 20, when a few people were on the square. Residents of the house decided that it was a gas explosion. However, law enforcement officers revealed that an 88-year-old man kept blasting caps in his apartment.
Police seized 19 damaged and 10 intact blasting caps from the apartment of the man, who was taken to the local hospital with a severe trauma of his left hand. Doctors say that he is in a moderate state. His wounds have been debrided, although he may need to have repeated surgery.

Law enforcers are trying to find out the circumstances of the incident, which was entered into the Unified Register of Pre-Trial Investigations under Part 1 of Article 263 (illegal handling of weapons, ammunition or explosives) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.