WWI shell blast kills 2, injures 4 in Carpathians accident

WWI shell blast kills 2, injures 4 in Carpathians accident

Two tourists were killed and another four injured in an accident in Ivano-Frankivsk region’s Nadvirna district overnight Thursday, involving an explosion by a hiking trail.

That’s according to the national police’s regional office, whose press service chief Hanna Dan spoke with Ukrinform.

A hiking trip to the Carpathian Mountains has turned into a nightmare for a group of tourists who were unfortunate to light a bonfire over what law enforcers believe was a World War 1-era unexploded ordnance.

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"Police are currently considering the version that tourists who camped in the Carpathians near Mount Pid-Berdy on the evening of September 15, lit a fire at the site where an old World War I shell lay, which led to its detonation,” said the PD spokeswoman.

Police found a funnel from the explosion and shell fragments damaged by corrosion scattered around the incident site.

It is in this area that the so-called Arpad line passes - a system of defense fortifications set up by the Hungarians in the first half of the 20th century.

A CSI team are still working at the scene, the spokesperson added.

The police are investigating the explosion as an “accident.”

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This morning, those injured in the blast were evacuated to the foot of the mountain and handed over to medical staff for further hospitalization.


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