Arzamas train disaster

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Arzamas explosion, known also as Arzamas train disaster occurred on June 4, 1988,[1] when three goods wagons transporting hexogen from Dzerzhinsk to Kazakhstan exploded on a railway crossing in Arzamas, Gorky Oblast, USSR (now Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia).

Explosion of 118 tons of hexogen made a 26 metre deep crater (85 ft), caused major damage in the city, killing 91 people and injuring 1,500. 151 buildings were destroyed.


  1. ^ Taubman, Philip (June 6, 1988). "Soviet Freight Train Explodes, Killing at Least 68". New York Times. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 55°24′43″N 43°47′14″E / 55.41194°N 43.78722°E / 55.41194; 43.78722