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At least 12 missing after Russian warehouse blast

MOSCOW (AFP) – Twelve people were still missing on Thursday a day after a huge explosion tore through a warehouse in the Russian city of Sergiyev Posad, officials said.

At least one person was killed in Wednesday’s blast, which investigators said began in a warehouse used to store pyrotechnics.

“There are 12 missing persons reported,” the city’s administration said in a post on social media.

Fifteen people were in hospital, the health ministry said in its latest report.

Officials in the city, which lies 56 kilometres northeast of Moscow, said search and rescue efforts were ongoing.

Russian emergency services workers at the site of the Zagorsk Optical and Mechanical Plant after the blast in the city of Sergiev Posad. PHOTO: AP