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New evidence that fire in the sky was caused by military

By The Siberian Times reporter
23 November 2014

As footage emerges of more unexplained explosions above Siberia, suspicion falls on recycling of gunpowder at old chemical plant.

Another flash of light was recorded around 5 pm on 13th of November 2014. Picture: E1 Ekaterinburg

Footage of more explosions in the sky above Siberia has emerged, as experts say military activity in the area is the likely cause of the phenomenon. Mystery has surrounded last week’s 11-second fiery eruption, which eyewitnesses said turned night into day near Yekaterinburg, the fourth largest city in Russia.

Meteorites, missiles, a plane crash, and even extra-terrestrial activity were among the many theories put forward to explain the incident on November 14.

But now, as more videos emerge of similar flashes in the sky, attention is being focused on an old chemical plant that processes explosives next door to a military unit.

Indeed it is looking increasingly likely that the orange glow was caused by the burning of unused gunpowder, with further eruptions predicted over the next few days.

The development comes as a leading meteorite expert tells the Siberian Times he is certain it was not the result of any activity in space.

The new footage was captured on camera by residents living near the old plant, one of them shot at 5pm on November 13, about 15km from the town of Rezh.

As footage emerges of more unexplained explosions above Siberia, suspicion falls on recycling of gunpowder at old chemical plant. As footage emerges of more unexplained explosions above Siberia, suspicion falls on recycling of gunpowder at old chemical plant.

'There is no danger to the public'. Picture: E1 Ekaterinburg


One eyewitness said: 'It was a red light for about two minutes. It looked like a rectangle that gradually reduced, and it seemed that it went beyond the horizon'.

After studying the latest videos, Victor Grokhovsky, one of the leading meteorite experts in the Urals region, told the Siberian Times: 'It has no connection with space, I can say this absolutely for sure. A meteor has to move, and the flash too had to move, but this phenomenon was motionless'.

Neither scientists nor meteorologists were unable to explain the eruption that lit up the sky for 11 seconds near Yekaterinburg last Friday night at 5.40pm.

Cameras mounted on car dashboards captured the strange phenomenon as it produced a dazzling orange light followed by a pulsating yellow and white that engulfed the horizon. The light was not accompanied by any sound, and in the aftermath the Russian authorities refused to comment.

Now there is mounting evidence to suggest it was an explosion caused by the recycling of disused military gunpowder.

Andrey Kazantsev, a local journalist, followed Russian Kamazes military trucks to the site of the former chemical plant and witnessed the activity first-hand.

He said: 'Noticing that I was shooting the recycling process, two officers ran up to me and started calling to the chief. They asked me to remove the video, saying that it is a strategic facility for the disposal of ammunition. They took away my documents, blocked my car with other cars and called the police'.

 
One woman, from the military unit, who did not wish to be named, said: 'It is gunpowder, it is obvious. It is gunpowder from our warehouses and we all know this'.

Military experts have said that burning gunpowder is a normal activity, and usually takes place during the daytime before 6pm.

One said: 'We often had to destroy gunpowder. It is common practice for the army. When gunpowder's storage expires, it loses its properties and should be destroyed.

'Judging from the videos, it really looks like the destruction of gunpowder. A bright flash, a high column of flame, no explosion'. 

Officials at the Emergencies Ministry insisted that there would be no danger to the public if the explosions were caused by burning gunpowder.

Natalya Zyryanova, the head of the press service, said: 'If the plant is involved, for example, in the disposal of ammunition, it is not obliged to notify the Ministry of Emergency about each explosion. There is no danger to the public. We have not received any complaints from local residents, no calls, absolute silence. So these works do not cause any harm to anyone'.

See related: Strange explosion turns nights to day in the Urals 

Comments (1)

This was clearly a NUCLEAR explosion. Please ask the Russian military. It's alike Starfish Prime in Hawaii (1962), for instance. Space nuclear test to destroy satellites ("ASAT test" in military lingua).
Pyrophor Association - Florent PIROT, France
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