“The fire triggered explosions as it erupted in the magazine store of the Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE) where shells and ammunition of different capacities and sizes are stored for test,” PK Acharya, Officer In-Charge of Chandipur police station told the reporters.
“The fire was restricted to the underground magazine store and no other facility inside the PXE complex was affected due to the incident,” they said.
Roads near the complex remained blocked for quite some time. An investigation into the fire has been launched. The Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE) is the defence laboratory of the DRDO and its main purpose concerns the research and development of technologies and products in the area of medium and large caliber weapons and their ammunition.