Russian Defense Minister Sergei B. Ivanov denied that there was an explosion at a military base near Moscow, where a fire destroyed several costly rockets.
"No explosion took place," Ivanov said a day after the incident. Nobody was hurt and there was no damage to the environment, he said, adding, "Only the hardware was damaged."
Col. Vyacheslav Sedov said Friday that a short circuit set the engine of an S-300 surface-to-air missile ablaze, and that it took firefighters hours to douse the burning missile fuel. The missile's conventional warhead did not go off, he said.