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Proton fragments not found in Russia’s Baikal area - Emergencies Ministry

May 16, 2015, 17:15 updated at: May 16, 2015, 19:11 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, May 16. /TASS/. Fragments of the Proton-M rocket have not been recovered in the area near to Lake Baikal but the search operation is underway, the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s press service told TASS on Saturday.

"According to local authorities’ reports, rocket fragments have not been detected, there is neither destruction nor fumigation," the spokesperson said. "The population and economic facilities are not facing any danger."

Operative crews and the ministry’s aircraft are scouring the area, the press service said.

"Residents in the area near Lake Baikal have been informed immediately amid the abnormal situation following the Proton-M rocker carrier launch," he said. "The local emergences subsystem has been engaged in the search operation in the region. Russia’s Emergencies Ministry’s operative crews alongside local authorities have inspected economic and housing facilities".

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