- Category: Politics
- Published on Thursday, 25 November 2021 11:14
November 24, 2021
Belgrade’s Deputy Mayor Goran Vesic said on Wednesday that 70 houses were damaged in the explosion at a missile factory in the suburb of Lestane.
Vesic visited the suburb a day after the blast at the EDePro plant which makes missile systems, rocket motors and turbojet engines. Two people died and at least 16 were injured by the initial explosion and several smaller blasts. Initial reports said that the plant produced weather control (anti-hail) rockets which is just one its products. Experts said later that the plant was part of the country’s defense industry and that it operates in line with all safety standards.
Military analysts Aleksandar Radic told N1 that EDePro is one of the best Serbian private military industry companies, having sold its missile systems to Greece and some Middle Eastern countries. He said one of its missile systems was used in the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh and that the company was developing a coastal missile system for the United Arab Emirates. According to Radic, EDePro is far above the Serbian average.
“First estimates are that some 70 houses have been damaged but not enough to make them uninhabitable,” he said. Vesic added that repairs should begin immediately and that the municipality of Grocka will secure financial aid for the families of the casualties of the incident.
The Serbian state TV (RTS) reported that crews were clearing the ground around the plant with two firefighter crews standing by.
The cause of the blast has not been determined yet.