Sellier & Bellot Ammo Plant Explosion

Bearing reports that there was explosion at the Sellier & Bellot factory near Prague …

A news channel in the Czech Republic is reporting that one person is confirmed dead and three are missing as the result of a gunpowder explosion at the Sellier & Bellot ammunition plant in Vlasim, 60 kilometers (37 miles) southeast of Prague.

The Google machine translation of the article is an abomination, but from what we can determine, workers were moving gun powder from a production building to a storage facility when it detonated.

A specialized hazmat firefighting unit has been brought in the secure the scene so that rescue and recovery operations can proceed.

It is unknown at this time how much damage was done to the facility, and how long the plant will be shut down.

Ammunition factory explosion are relatively common. I would say probably one per year somewhere in the world.

Thanks to Mr. RevolverGuy for the tip.

Steve Johnson

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  • noob

    That’s terrible. My thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by this tragedy.

  • pbla4024

    There are three confirmed dead and none missing. The explosion apparently happened when an employee was carrying trinitroresorcinol (used to manufacture the gunpowder).

    • John

      Nitro, huh? That would do it.

      I offer my sympathies to the families.

  • Tassiebush

    I’m saddened to hear this. I just wish the best for those affected.

  • Sierrra

    SB is manufacturing all the elements for ammo except powder. The accident occured in one of the primers plants which is the most risky and most protected production in the factory and located far away from the ammo plants. The event did not impact the production.
    All our thoughts for the employees and relatives.

  • datimes

    This was reported in Yahoo! news on 9/21/15

  • Evan Alessi

    I hope nobody was hurt and their in our prayers and they get up and running soon

  • sliversimpson

    My thoughts and prayers go to the family. Hopefully this reminds us all how volatile reloading components can be; handle them with extreme care.

  • oldman

    My condolences to the families of dead and injured.

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  • Kivaari

    Pyrodex’s plant exploded outside of Issaquah 30+ years ago. Pyrodex is known to be unsuitable for bomb makers, but when WET it is sensitive. When it took off the concrete slab the building sat upon, it only cracked it once, but shoved it 3 feet into the ground. Like a large rocket engine. From memory it killed three. The current maker has remote controlled machines that use blowout ports and doesn’t put people at risk.

    • Four people were killed in the January 27, 1977 explosion, including Pyrodex’s inventor, Dan Pawlak.

      • Kivaari

        A family member was on a fire truck that responded. He related that they knew it was bad when they turned onto the road leading to the plant. They were greeted by body parts in the road. Thanks for the reminder, as my memory is losing data.

      • Kivaari

        Thanks, I edited the errors.

      • Kivaari

        Wasn’t the citric acid compound Pawlak already known? Wasn’t Pawlak working on better ways to make the stuff, in a larger yet safer manner.

  • Simcha M.

    Wow, this jogged my memory to when I was living in Israel. I had just gotten off night shift in Lod (near Ben Gurion Airport) and fallen asleep on the bus when I was awoken by a huge boom.

    That boom was an explosion at the IMI ammo plant near ____________, many, many kilometers away.

    My condolences to the family of the victims.