As many 112 people were killed and 134 wounded as a huge explosion and blaze produced out of fireworks splintered across a packed nightclub in Russian city of Perm in he Ural mountain region early on Saturday.
Reports said that there was, according to FSB security service experts, no possibility of a terrorist act in the incident, for no traces of explosives was found in the Lame Horse club, where over 220 people were present during the accident.
“There is no chance it was a terrorist act, I can say that 100 per cent,” the investigative committee’s spokesman Vladimir Markin said.
In the incident, 112 people were killed and another 134 wounded, 85 of which are in critical condition suffering from severe inhalation burns and carbon monoxide poisoning, state-run Vesti news channel said. A total of 61 people are on a life support breathing machine.
The accident occurred when the restaurant was packed with people, mostly its employees and their families, who were partying to celebrate the highly popular nightclub’s 10th anniversary, ITAR-TASS reported quoting local police.
“The accident was due to a violation of instructions when launching fireworks,” Markin said.
“The majority of the deaths were the result of burns or gas inhalation,” RIA Novosti quoted Markin as saying. “Along with this, there was a crush at the exit” as panicked crowd scrambled hard to escape,” he said.
The club burnt out almost completely with fire spreading to the area of 400 square metres.