There has been yet another explosion at a Russian munitions plant, this time near Archangel in the arctic. But this time, there are odd reports in the western media, including reports of higher than normal background radiation accompanying the event, which may indicate that it was a nuclear event of some sort. Here's the story from the UK Daily Mail (thanks to G.B. for pointing this out):

Siberian military base is rocked by new explosions when artillery shells detonate four days after massive blast killed one and injured 13

You'll note that in this article, there has been another explosion at another munitions plant in Archangel. So in the space of a mere two weeks, we've had (1) a munitions plant near Krasnoyarsk suddenly explode, and now, (2) a munitions plant near Archangel explode. Notably, the article in the Daily Mail is writing off the latter explosion to a failed test of Russian's new Zircon cruise missile:

It comes after two were killed and six injured in a blast at the Nyonoksa weapons testing site in the sub-Arctic Arkhangelsk region yesterday. Moscow has thrown a veil of secrecy over the incident.

Radiation levels are said to have temporarily soared 20 times above the normal level in Severodvinsk, a city 18 miles away, sparking 'panic' and 'hysteria' and a rush to buy iodine from pharmacies.

Today, reports surfaced in Russia claiming the spike in radiation may have been caused when one of Vladimir Putin's top secret Zircon hypersonic missiles exploded during tests.

Needless to say, I have all sorts of high octane speculations running through my head, not the least of which is the strange resemblance of these explosions to the explosions in Chinese chemical plants a few years ago. The first of those, near Tianjin, completely leveled several blocks, and left such a deep and almost conical crater, that  I and others on the internet began to question the public narrative that such a crater could result from a mere chemical explosion, which would have left a wider, and shallower crater. Some, myself included, speculated that perhaps a space-based "rod of God" technology may have been used. Such explanations for the Tianjin explosion might seem totally off the end of the twig, until one recalls that recently the cat was let out of the bag when a reporter asked the Joint Chiefs chairman if "kinetic weapons" might be an option on the table for dealing with North Korea, and the general's response was not to deny the existence of such weapons, but rather a simple "Yes." At the time of that strange incident, I had the distinct impression that the reporter was a plant, and had been instructed to ask the question in such a manner as if to catch the general off guard, so that he could then answer as he did, and "send the message."  The message, of course, was "we don't need nukes. We've got something much better, than doesn't have fallout to  consider as a price for their use."

Now, I'm not saying that kinetic weapons are the case in these two Russian munitions plant explosions. We simply don't know, because no pictures of the damaged plants have been forthcoming from the Russians. So what caused these explosions? One explanation is course "incompetence" or "corruption." But I'm not buying. One plant, yes, two, no. And even one is iffy, when Russian national security is involved.

So what caused the explosions? What's intriguing in the Daily Mail article is this summary statement in the sub-headers prior to the article:

This time, lightning caused a huge fire that led to new blasts at munition base 

Yet, within the body of the article, there is no expanded explanation for this statement. In fact, there's no mention of lightning at all, nor of which base was supposedly struck by lightning, though it seems that the article is trying to point to the plant near Kranoyarsk, since the explosion near Archangel supposedly was a missile test gone wrong. It's as if the article was deliberately trying to draw attention to lightning by mentioning it in the sub-headers, and then not mentioning it at all in the main body of the article.

Which leads me to my high octane speculation of the day. Assuming for the sake of that speculation that these incidents are not accidents, nor incompetence, nor tests gone wrong, then they might have been deliberate attacks. The question is, how? What's the modality? In my book The Third Way I pointed out the case of the French mole, codenamed Farewell, which the French DST was running inside the KGB's technical  acquisitions branch. In that book, I pointed out that this mole had given the French the KGB's "shopping list," the list of western technologies it wanted to steal. French President Francois Mitterand personally shared this information with then American President Ronald Reagan, and Reagan's National Security Committee took the decision to allow the KGB to steal doctored software (which I believe to have been some version of PROMIS). This was done, a a few months later, this software was used by the USA to cause a gas pipeline explosion in Russia which was so large it was visible from outer space. It was the first known example of cyber-warfare, and cyber warfare might be a candidate for these munitions plants explosions, not to mention, failed missile tests. If so, then perhaps a message was being sent, particularly during a missile test.  I mention the possibility of cyber-warfare, and the Farewell-gas pipeline explosion, because it does appear that the USA and Russia have been engaged in a quiet but nevertheless real 'hot" cyber-war, given the fact that the Russians apparently shut down - twice - the electrical systems on the USS Donald Cook, the first time in the Black Sea, and the second in the Baltic Sea. On both occasions, the electrical systems on the ship died when Russian aircraft flew close to the ship.  In that context, sending a "message back" in the form of cyber-warfare attacks on munitions plants or missile tests does not seem out of the question.  It would be a kind of "lightning" that the Kremlin could not ignore.

But there's another possibility, real - and directed, that is to say, weaponized - lightning, either in the form of EMP taking out systems, including safety systems, or actual lightning strikes themselves. The latter may sound fanciful, until one recalls that some people maintained that ionospheric heaters could indeed create such narrow regional charge differentials between the ground and the atmosphere that narrow channels could be created for unnaturally powerful lightning strikes. It's a convenient way of hiding behind what most of the public would consider to be natural events, and it's a convenient way to start fires.

So perhaps - perhaps - the mention of lightning without further explanation is, after all, a message.

See you on the flip side...




  1. Lasers can steer lightening in mid-strike. Perhaps satellite passing undetected over head can paint a target during a natural thunder storm and let mother nature do the rest.

    1. This is the Rod of God famed weapon. Think the best view we’ve gleaned so far is that short video from last week where the clouds go green and there’s a green flash so brief it’s hard to see without stopping the action just before the ground explosion. Without a continuous beam, these bursts are probably so fast as to be almost impossible to see. With continuous beams, (probably like slower starting fires in California and Greece) the phenomena is only a little more visible and usually only at the point of combustion. Consider the videos of commercial/industrial applications of plasma tools to clean metals. The plasma beams are only visible when interfered with by smoke coming off the work.

  2. Some folks at NASA are probably thinking, I-told-you-so, when nuclear rocket engine testing came up along with subsequent fallout concerns. One does wonder, while recalling those early NASA nuclear rocket tests conducted back in the 60’s Stanton Friedman often mentioned that he worked on under secrecy.

    There were nuclear rocket engine tests conducted back in the 60’s at that Nevada National Security Site, Area 25 (neighbors to Area 51), in Nye County, Nevada. The area sometimes referred to as Jackass Flats. It was dangerous then and apparently; the Russians are demonstrating something of how dangerous it still is when errors go nuclear and fallout.

    At any rate, satellite reconnaissance will likely show if such dangerous materials have indeed escaped again. Been monitoring indoor radiation locally for a while. Hopefully, the count will stay low, around 00.141 µSv/hr, or below. As if there’s not enough radio-active leakage on the planet from human made sources. Another reason and way to consider heat generating Hot Zones or no-go-zones. And, of course, where do the winds blow but across the great waters westward onto western US shores and inland. One of the reasons those NASA rocket projects were halted terrestrially.

    One wonders where that fallout, if any, will settle out and over whose real estate before crossing the great waters again. There’s still a level of paranoia with the Korea’s and Japan.

  3. Just began reading.
    This t[I]t for tat is getting to run up in the numbers and weapons grade/In reading further I’d like to dispel this notion/Reading further I suspect an extraterritorial state is striking others to drum up tensions.

    1. [had to test]
      I pictured a rather large military tome w/numerous pages of proposed half-truths/mis-directions scenarios for different military strikes; one example being lightning[yeh, that’s the ticket].

      But yes/That does fit rather well. Secret high-stakes cyber-warfare that’s been ratcheted up.

      I like it! A highly explosive, smoking & lightning fast message is being delivered!

      But is/are the reply[ies] coming hard & fast as well?

  4. The idea of Russians being handed sabotaged equipment is a scenario in an episode of the tv series The Americans. A good reason for North Korea to be paranoid.

  5. Good article on the ‘radioactive’ explosion in Russia’s NW:
    “On August 8, during testing aboard a barge in the White Sea near Nyonoksa, Russia, the nuclear engine of an experimental nuclear-armed cruise missile exploded, killing two technicians and injuring six others. On August 11, officials of the Russian nuclear agency Rosatom acknowledged that five employees had died in the explosion of what they described as ‘an isotopic power source for a liquid engine installation’.”

    “The 9M730 Burevestnik (‘Petrel’) – (which NATO reports under the name of SSC-X-9 ‘Skyfall’) – has been undergoing testing at Nyonoksa, in Russia’s far-northern Arkhangelsk Oblast, since at least January of this year. Nyonoska has been the site of testing for submarine-launched ballistic missiles and other naval missiles since the 1960s and is near Severodvinsk… The Burevestnik’s propulsion is, according to Novaya Gazeta and other sources, a nuclear scramjet… The accident caused a 30-minute spike in radiation levels detected in Severodvinsk.”

    Another good article:
    “’The rocket tests were carried out on the offshore platform’, a Rosatom statement explained. ‘After the tests were completed, the rocket fuel ignited, followed by detonation. After the explosion, several employees were thrown into the sea.’ Rosatom did not, however, explain what the missile was – or what had gone wrong. The statement simply said that ‘there was a confluence of factors, which often happens when testing new technologies.’”

    Note that this is not at a ‘munitions plant’; it is a test area. Barring sabotage, this incident sounds like a ‘normal’ glitch in a military development program. (Except for the radioactivity.) No need to invoke exotic outside weaponry (clandestine or not). They probably did it to themselves, when something ran-away in an unforeseen manner…

    (On the tail-end of the Daily Mail article, it says “Lightning strike causes new explosions at Siberian military base that was rocked by huge blasts.” So, this is nailed down to the Kranoyarsk ammo depot. In my humble opinion, the ‘lightning strike’ is probably propaganda PR to cover-up that they do not have the ordnance-fires under full control.)

    1. On the other hand, this commentator takes a different line:
      “I’m wondering if this wasn’t something else. Besides a nuclear cruise missile, Russia also is working on a nuclear torpedo (Poseidon*) with equally nearly unlimited range. It is said to have basically two modes: A slow silent running mode for deploying it somewhere (or for cruising undetected nearly indefinitely) and a sprint mode to get it quickly close to the target.

      Super fast torpedoes driven by solid rocket engines** aren’t new for Russia, so applying this to a torpedo (or unmanned sub) with a nuclear ‘rocket’ engine would fit nicely here – it basically would be an underwater nuclear cruise missile. It also would explain why they were doing this test on/in the water, which is absolutely not what I would expect for a test of a nuclear cruise missile engine.”

      * en dot wikipedia dot org/wiki/Status-6_Oceanic_Multipurpose_System
      ** en dot wikipedia dot org/wiki/VA-111_Shkval

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