Remember all those Chinese chemical plants that exploded? at the time of the first explosion, which left a massive and deep crater, I entertained suspicions that the explosion was not accidental,  and like many others on the internet, I thought then and still think now that the depth and shape of that crater was not commensurate to having been made by a chemical explosion. Many - I among them - entertained the idea that perhaps a "rod of God" technology had been used to cause the explosion. And to this day I am not convinced, at least in the case of that first explosion, that the standard explanations suffice.

With that little bit of context in mind, there were a few people who caught this one this week: there's been another explosion at a plant, this time not in China, but in Russia, and it was a munitions plant at that. But before we get to that, and just for the record, I'm 99.99% inclined to view it as an accidental explosion. We'll get back to that.

Here, in any case, are RT's and Zero Hedge's presentations of the story:

Dozens injured as massive blasts hit TNT plant in Russia’s Dzerzhinsk city (VIDEOS)

Massive Explosion Rocks Russian Munitions Plant; Dozens Injured, 200 Buildings Damaged

This is not the first time that accidental explosions have occurred in Russian munitions factories or ammunition dumps. Indeed, former Lt. Col. Tom Bearden has mentioned in many of his books at enormous explosion in the late 1950s Soviet Union, which he believes to have been caused by a "scalar experiment" gone horribly wrong. Then of course we had the Chernobyl incident, a case study of the inefficiency and corruption of the Glories of Socialism.

So it's tempting to view this explosion as just an accident, a horrible event and "another example of Russian inefficiency and the regime's callous disregard for normal safety and human life." You know the routine well: "insert standard western media boilerplate narrative here," and "add the usual mentions of Vladimir Putin's regime here" and so on. Growing up in the Cold War, I was used to such narratives, and they made a lot of sense because the Soviet Union was wicked and corrupt and evil and callous and inefficient &c &c. The problem with the narrative that I always had was a philosophical one: if the Russians were that incompetent, then how in the name of sense did they manage to become a superpower? Oh yea, I forgot, they stole it all from us.

Except that the problem here is that Putin's Russia is not Khrushchev's or Brezhnev's or Andropov's or Gorbachev's Soviet Union.

Which brings me to the two articles and my high octane speculation on that other .01% possibility, for there's something interesting in these two articles, or rather, there's something interesting that's not in these two articles. Consider the final paragraph from the RT article:

This is not the first time explosions had happened at the same explosives-maker. On April 4, a blast brought down one of its one-story structures. It took an hour to put down the fire, and, luckily, no one got hurt that day. A much deadlier explosion occurred in the plant in August, when five of its workers were killed.

Ok... so there were earlier explosions at the same plant, which, incidentally, we're told made explosives for "mining." But nowhere in the article to we get even a hint, not the tiniest suggestion, of what may have led to the explosion. Turning to the Zero Hedge version of the story, one additional tidbit of information is given:

A criminal investigation has been launched into the explosions.

Something, in other words, has made the Russian government sit up and take notice, and to start a criminal investigation. One can only assume that with previous explosions in the same plant, that this might be a normal or regular procedure. I don't know as I'm not at all knowledgeable in Russian law and regulation. One might assume that at least some laws from the Soviet era about criminal incompetence and slacking might still be on the books. That at least would be a "standard narrative" explanation for it.

I suspect, however, that like me, many readers here will be entertaining darker "high octane speculations," namely, that "criminal" in this context may mean something far more sinister: sabotage by terrorists, or, worse, sabotage by "major actors" on the world stage, and if the latter, perhaps another event in an ongoing "covrt war" being fought behind the scenes by people who possess advanced technologies capable of creating such "accidents" and "acts of nature." In a world being sprayed to death with chemicals to increase the electrical conductivity of the atmosphere so that the boys in the Pentagram can play at "full spectrum dominance," then sparking a Russian munitions plant might be a fairly easy thing to do. And I suspect the rather tight-lipped nature of the Russian response to the event tends to confirm this line of more sinister speculation.

Then there's the videos of the event, which I made a point to watch, even though I don't have time for videos (which reminds me, once again folks, please do not clutter up my inbox with videos. Opening such emails only to find videos only slows me down. PLEASE do not send videos). Anyway, watching the explosion, which appears to have been recorded in more or less real time by locals, I was struck by three things: (1) the size of the explosion, yielding an enormous mushroom cloud more evocative of a nuclear explosion rather than a conventional one; (2) the fact that, nonetheless, the explosion was apparently conventional because I saw no signs of continuing combustion of material in the mushroom cloud, a telltale sign of nuclear explosions; and (3) that the explosion therefore had to be more or less the near-simultaneous combustion of all explosives at the plant in order to produce that type of signature. This was not, in other words, the case of an explosive fire traveling through a plant and setting off a number of smaller explosions in a sequence. On one video, one does not hear a sequence of explosions, but one very loud "bang". One yet another video, one hears two very loud bangs (a signature, some will recognize, of a thermobaric or fuel air bomb).

One can only assume that, in any case, the plant would have fire doors and other safety features designed to prevent that, and to confine any accidental explosions to one area, much like on old battleships one had fire doors, bulkheads, and other safety features to prevent a flash fire from erupting into a full magazine explosion. Something appears to have overcome whatever safety features the Russians had at tha plant to isolate and localize accidental fires and explosions, in order to produce the result that we see and hear.

It's the enormous size of that mushroom cloud that indicates a "full up explosion", the near-simultaneous detonation of a lot of conventional explosives, that makes me suspect that something beyond mere accident, or "routine human incompetence" are in play.

And the Russians are not even hinting at why they launched a criminal investigation. As in all things Russian, in this case, time might tell...

Oh, and by the way, in March there was another explosion in a Chinese chemical plant:

"Horrifying" Blast At China Chemical Plant Kills 47, Injures 640

Really, if this is just "incompetence" then it's a marvel that China has any chemical industry at all.

As you might have gathered, I'm not buying that narrative...

See you on the flip side...




  1. 7 days after this article was posted the largest oil & gas refinery on the US east coast in Philadelphia suffered a major fire but recovered. Then two weeks later that same plant literally exploded with a giant burning fireball erupting into the sky.

    I believe somebody already mentioned; tit for tat

    Makes me think of that movie Swordfish w/John Travolta

  2. While it might seem obvious that munitions factories would naturally be prone to explosive accidents, risk is usually mitigated by storing explosive material in one facility in a large number of small buildings/magazines separated by adequate land to avoid an accident in (or bomb dropped on) one from spreading.
    If it is true that a criminal investigation has been launched, then it would suggest incompetence or sabotage as the cause. This was clearly a large explosion with at least a couple of secondary explosions. Looking at the cloud, my best guess would be that a magazine (probably with a turfed roof) storing TNT detonated by accident/negligence.
    However, the mention of a criminal investigation could equally be a smokescreen to keep a hidden hybrid war hidden. Although probably a remote possibility, it is always possible that somebody somewhere wanted to take out some new technology and the people working on it.

  3. Not one to add a flash point to your “high-octane speculation,” but one would be more interested in several items related to the blast event such as the initial confining structure (its construction and arrangement) of the chemical mix of the material combusted as well as the combusted material itself. Today’s stuff is often meant to give a bigger bang for less all around.

    There’s a big difference between buildings meant to contain known explosive materials and those that allow minimal confinement of blast material – the difference between quick dissipation or confinement of the initial blast wave or blast waves that extend the pressure wave by reflecting it like pipes and hallways would. The exploded material, of course, is center to the blast. Was it highly incendiary to start? Bulk stacked? Improperly stored where heat, wet, gaseous ventilation, etc., were concerned? What was its detonation requirement? To name a few things still lodged in the ole gray-matter to recall the good ole days in support of those brave souls in gear to thwart potential blasts. They usually have that checklist engrained in the noggin for fast recall and reliable responses.

    You already mentioned a lesser likelihood of nuclear involvement, one of three basic types, which leaves chemical and mechanical. That leads to the three simultaneous events of the blast and their supporting causes and materials – Energy, pressure, and material movement. Given the cloud formation above the alleged blast site it would seem that that structure might have been built to more quickly and broadly dissipate energy and pressure waves than it was to confine them. A notable example of a confining or directed pressure wave would be what was seen at the Fukushima plant when it exploded. The blast wave / pressure wave of the exploding gases was directed upwards due to the strength of the wall construction of the plant that initially contained the gases that exploded.

    Someone who is trained in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) of weapons grade munitions or civilian investigative units of fire departments, for instance, might find other things not ordinarily apparent to casual speculators of those videos as seen from a distance.

    EOD personnel have specialized experience and training to detect, disarm, and dispose of unknown munitions and explosives. Those folks often had their work cut out when old WWII ordnance were discovered on military bases, fields, and repurposed farmlands and urban acreage in Europe and England. Actual munitions facilities for western allies now have certain safety measures strictly adhered to but are not immune to hostile intents of individuals and groups. Those of former Soviet Union and Chinese party affiliates (CCP) probably have similar measures to reduce incidental chaos, but only they know for sure.

    Then again there may well be those few with a walking death wish to be done with their hopelessness or in place for the worst. Or, as has been suggested, some methodology of destruction more nefarious than carelessness or that of exotic tech that got out of hand or was mishandled altogether.

  4. With all of today’s (artificial) tensions, there is a small but definite possibility of this being an ‘engineered’ explosion to further an agenda. It is probably near-impossible to protect any facility with 100% certainty. (I remember a small, dedicated US government ‘force’ that was tasked with getting into SAC bases. Even during the Cold War, they had a high success rate.) Given this, it is not necessary to postulate exotic weaponry for this case. One determined infiltrator/saboteur would be enough…

    (And I still believe at least a few of the Chinese booms were ‘Rod from God’-style impacts. Open-air explosions tend to go up-and-out, leaving no-to-shallow craters. Penetrating impacts leave deeper craters, as seen in some of those “explosions.”)

  5. Devils are reluctant to go into pit, so they blow things up in protest.

    Prophesy has already booked their passage, to lower region of fire.

    There is no arguing with God.

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