Radiation spike reported as two killed in Russian missile test explosion

8 August 2019, 11:29 | Updated: 8 August 2019, 16:19

Two people have been killed in an explosion during a missile test at a military site in Russia.

The blast at the site in the northern Arkhangelsk region also left four others injured.

"During the test of a liquid propulsion system, an explosion occurred and the unit ignited," Russia's RIA news agency cited the ministry of defence as saying.

"As a result of the accident, six representatives of the ministry of defence and the developer received injuries of varying severity," the ministry said.

"Two specialists died from their wounds."

RIA also quoted the ministry as saying no harmful substances were released into the atmosphere and radiation levels were normal.

Meanwhile, state news agency TASS reported that a brief rise of the radiation level above the natural background was registered in Severodinvsk following the explosion, according to the city authorities' spokeswoman Kseniya Yudina.

The region’s governor said there was no need to evacuate residents, RIA said.