In Pskov, a military man accidentally fired a cannon at a shopping center – a shell pierced the roof and fell in the Children’s World. Everyone is alive

On the morning of December 24, 2020, a military man in Pskov accidentally fired a cannon at the Fjord Plaza shopping and entertainment center located at the western exit of Pskov. Baza and  Pskov Province were the first to report this on the evening of December 25 .

According to Baza, a 19-year-old corporal by the name of Komarov was serving a BMD-4 amphibious assault vehicle when two shots from an automatic cannon occurred. “Pskov province” claims that this happened when a soldier in the garage was unloading guns after the exercise. The REN TV channel reported that the corporal decided to inspect and test the BMD-4 without permission, after which he accidentally fired.

The blank hit the roof of the shopping center, punctured it and fell on the second floor in the Detsky Mir store. Where the second shell hit is unknown. After the incident, about 300 people were evacuated from the Fjord Plaza shopping center, representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Guard and the military prosecutor’s office arrived at the scene.

The command of the Pskov garrison told TASS that on December 24, while servicing equipment and weapons in the fleet of military vehicles, an involuntary shot from a 30-millimeter cannon occurred  .

A metal blank without an explosive at the end of the trajectory fell on the outskirts of the city onto an uninhabited building. Nobody was hurt as a result of the accident.

The Pskov garrison did not specify what kind of non-residential building in question. REN TV reported that the military was referring to the Fjord Plaza shopping and entertainment center. As indicated publication “Sever.Realii” military unit, where fired, is located three miles from the mall.

The Fjord Plaza shopping center told RBC that they would not comment on the situation. Several employees, sellers and security guards of the shopping center told Sever.Realii that on December 24, a mock evacuation was carried out in the building, and the data on the projectile are “fairy tales”. The source of the publication, “familiar with the situation in the shopping center,” said that the sellers were asked to remain silent about the incident. At the same time, an employee of the Kids Mall store, adjacent to Detsky Mir, told reporters that people were evacuated that day after she “heard a strong roar, as if several shelves had fallen or a trampoline had burst.”

The press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in the Pskov region reported that they did not go to the incident with the fallen shell on December 24. “No, we do not have such data,” the ministry said. The Pskov military police declined to comment.

A source of the Sever.Realii newspaper, close to law enforcement agencies, admitted that after the incident, a criminal case may be initiated. According to him, the preliminary investigation is being conducted by the military investigation department of the Investigative Committee. The UK did not comment on this.

In early November, a grenade launcher was found near the Fjord Plaza shopping center, the Pskov Information Agency reported . He was found by a woman feeding stray cats. The rescue team found it to be a training projectile.

(c)MEDUZA 2020


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