At least 17 people have been killed in an explosion at an ammunition disposal plant in Russia.

A blaze broke out at one of the workshops inside the facility which was southeast of Moscow when staff tried to switch on their machines.

A shift of workers was at the site at the time when the building was ripped apart.

More than 170 firefighters and rescue workers were sent to the scene but search operations have been concluded.

A criminal investigation has been launched and authorities have declared a day of mourning on October 25.

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