Sellier & Bellot Ammo Plant Explosion

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

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.

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  • Kivaari Kivaari on Sep 24, 2015

    Pyrodex's plant exploded outside of Issaquah 20+ 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. It killed four. The current maker has remote controlled machines that use blowout ports and doesn't put people at risk.

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    • Kivaari Kivaari on Sep 25, 2015

      @Daniel E. Watters 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. Simcha M. on Sep 25, 2015

    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.