Videos reportedly show massive explosion of fireballs near St Petersburg in Russia

Videos of a massive fireball erupting near St. Petersburg in Russia circulated on social media early Saturday morning.

James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO shared a video posted by Julia Davis, creator of the Russia Media Monitor, showing a huge fire and smoke with cars parked nearby.

“Here are those carefree smokers again,” the ex-admiral wrote.

Davis posted other brief excerpts showing different angles of the fireball, which she says occurred in the town of Murino. Meanwhile, Twitter user @adagamov also shared a video of the fire, Tweeter that it was caused by a “strong explosion on the main gas pipeline”.

No officially confirmed information has been revealed about the cause of the fire or whether it was related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. However, Euro Weekly News reported that an explosion at a petrol station occurred on Saturday afternoon local time.

The New York Post also reported the fireball, saying it was caused by an explosion in a gas pipeline. Newsweek has not been able to independently verify this information.

Local authorities, quoted by Euro Weekly News, said the cause of the explosion “is being established” and added that “there is no threat to the population”.

Reports of the massive fire come days after a Russian-made missile landed in Przewodówon, a town in Poland, killing two people. The missile strike is the first incident in Russia’s war in Ukraine, which began in late February, to directly hit a NATO member.

The incident came amid a barrage of Russian missile strikes across Ukraine. However, it is not known who fired the missile or where it was launched from.

Poland said the missile landed near its border with Ukraine, but a US intelligence briefing suggested the strike resulted from a partial interception of a Russian missile by a Ukrainian air defense system.

Three unnamed US officials told The Associated Press that preliminary assessments suggested the missile was fired by Ukrainian forces at a Russian missile during a wave of missile attacks on western Ukraine.

Above, military cadets from the Mikhailovskaya Military Artillery Academy are seen in St Petersburg on November 19. Videos of a massive fireball erupting near St. Petersburg in Russia circulated on social media early Saturday morning.
Photo by OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP via Getty Images

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the missile strike “a very significant escalation” and said in a televised address that he had “no doubt it was not our missile”. Meanwhile, Russia has denied any connection to the fatal incident.

Although not a targeted attack on Poland, Article 5 of the NATO charter states that an attack on one of the bloc’s 30 members is considered an attack on all. . It raises concerns about a possible escalation of the war in Ukraine, but Polish President Andrzej Duda tweeted that the incident appeared to be an “unfortunate accident” rather than an “intentional attack”.

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, said in a statement: “An investigation into this incident is ongoing and we must await its outcome. But we have no indication that this was the result of a deliberate attack. And we have no indication that Russia is preparing offensive military actions against NATO.”

Newsweek contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comments.


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