No explosions heard for five days at Vrbětice munitions depot

No blasts have been heard for the last five days at the munitions depot in Vrbětice, a police spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The latest spontaneous explosion occurred last Friday night. Pyrotechnics experts will only start clearing the site and removing remaining ammunitions after nine days of calm, the police said. The depot, where around 7,000 tonnes of munitions were stored, first exploded in mid-October, killing two people. Continuing blasts have prevented experts from clearing the depot and removing the ammunition to a safe location. The inhabitants of nearby villages have been repeatedly evacuated because of the explosions.

Author: Jan Richter