Explosion at VECTOR Laboratory

Monday, September 16th, saw reports emerge of an explosion at the Russian State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, known as Vector.

The laboratory is best known in it's role as a bioweapons laboraty during the cold war era. However, it reportedly still plays host to some of the most deadly pathogens, such as Ebola and Smallpox, for reserach purposes. 

According to the official report from Vector
"There was an explosion of a gas cylinder with a fire (eliminated on an area of ​​30 m 2 ) on the 5th floor of a 6-storey reinforced concrete laboratory building in the sanitary inspection room being repaired. No work with biological material on the body was carried out. 1 person was injured, building structures were not damaged."

According to a report in The Guardian, the individual that was injured suffered 3rd degree burns although it is not know to what extent. 

 

 

 

 

Tags: CBRNe, Biological

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