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Weekend explosions rock Russia

April 23, 2012 at 3:24 PM   |   Comments

MOSCOW, April 23 (UPI) -- A string of unrelated accidental weekend explosions across Russia killed one person and seriously injured six others, police said Monday.

"Last weekend, some Russians decided to get rid of garbage as well as 'unattended' explosive devices," criminal police said in a statement.

The news service RIA Novosti reported a 57-year-old man in the Amur Region was killed and his wife was injured when the 80-millimeter artillery round he was dismantling in his back yard went off. The news agency said a Tatarstan resident seriously injured himself while constructing a homemade explosive device.

Careless handling of a flash grenade burned a man in the Vologda Region, and two men in the Nizhny Novogorod Region were seriously injured when a buried 76-millimeter artillery round, discovered while clearing an area around a grocery store, detonated, the news service said.

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