PUGHACHYOVO, Russia, July 4 (UPI) -- Hot weather is responsible for exploding artillery shells near a Russian arms depot, officials said.
The exploding shells were tossed out of the 102nd Arsenal of the Central Military District in the Urals republic of Udmurtia when a fire started there on June 2, RIA Novosti reported.
The explosions from that fire also caused extensive damage to more than 3,000 buildings, including homes, hospitals and schools. The depot fire, near the village of Pughachyovo, injured at least 95 people and temporarily forced the evacuation of 28,000 residents.
Udmurtia Prime Minister Yury Pitkevich said extreme heat in the region caused the shells to explode. No one has been injured so far and officials were watering the area to keep the temperature down.
All of the exploding shells are within a fenced area at the depot, Pitkevich said.
"The military has said that these armaments will continue to explode for another three to five years," Pitkevich said.