Russia’s second-largest city experienced a large explosion earlier today. It is still unknown how it happened, and whether it was caused by a regular accidental fire or. was a targeted incident. Thick plumes of smoke could be seen coming from the Leningrad region of the city after the explosion. Locals and users on Twitter have been reacting to the video footage as officials are yet to come forward with an explanation for the blaze.
Thick grey clouds of smoke can be seen billowing up into the sky.
And flames continue to rise from the pipeline in the civilian part of the city amongst many residential houses.
A ball of flames can be seen erupting again as the fire intensifies towards the end of the video.
Leningrad Governor Alexander Drozdenko has said: “Firefighters and rescuers are extinguishing a fire that arose due to an explosion on a gas pipeline between Berngardovka and Kovalevo.”
More to follow…