Nuclear town on fire, with residents ‘choking’ from smoke via The Siberian Times

Facilities for producing weapons grade plutonium believed safe despite fierce flames caused by wildfires.

The shoking pictures in Zheleznogorsk – a high-security closed nuclear town in Krasnoyarsk region – shows fires close to residential areas. 

Citizens of the Siberian town, established in 1950 for the production of weapons-grade plutonium, took to social media to say they were choking from wildfire smoke.

Streets were covered with thick haze after woodland caught fire.

The strong smell of smoke was felt inside flats and houses. 


Zheleznogorsk, also known as Atom town and Iron City is 62 kilometres north-east of regional capital Krasnoyarsk. 

It is understood there is no immediate threat to the nuclear plants in the town. 

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