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Crisis staff weren't working during explosion

Crisis staff at the Military Maintenance Company (VOP) in Nováky were not on duty at the time of the fatal explosion that took place there on March 2, a VOP report of the situation showed.

Cabinet was to deal with the crisis management analysis on August 8, the TASR newswire reported.

The report also revealed that various types of ammunition were scattered about the VOP premises prior to the explosion.

"The company management failed to provide information on the amount and type of ammunition in the defusing hall, or on the number of people working there at the time of the explosion," the report adds.

The report, which was submitted by Defence Minister František Kašický, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák and Health Minister Ivan Valentovič, also said the company did not provide adequate communications, standby sources of energy or crisis staff headquarters.

The huge explosion at VOP in March killed eight people, seriously injured another, and injured 20 more people. The damage to property belonging to VOP and other individuals and companies in Nováky and the neighbouring towns has been estimated at Sk61 million (€1.83 million).

Police have so far charged five people with negligence.

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