First word of the explosion came from the Russian Defense Ministry, which initially said the Aug. 8 blast of a liquid-propellant rocket engine killed two people and injured six others. The death toll from a rocket explosion at a Russian missile test range rose to five on Saturday, after initial reports listed two dead. By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press | August 12, 2019 at 1:04 PM CDT - Updated August 12 at 7:07 PM . Russia has maintained a veil of secrecy around the accident. Russian military says 2 dead, 4 injured by rocket explosion Russia's Defense Ministry says two people have died and four others have been wounded in a rocket engine's explosion U.S. Officials Suspect New Nuclear Missile in Explosion That Killed 7 Russians President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in 2018 at a state-of-the-union address, playing an … “The testers are national heroes,” said Valentin Kostyukov, head of a nuclear center part of Rosatom. Nuclear-powered rocket engine explodes, killing 5 Russian engineers Their funerals were held Monday.

The military initially mentioned only a rocket explosion and said radiation levels were stable. The explosion occurred when the rocket's fuel caught fire, according to Reuters. August 12, 2019. An official state of mourning has been declared in the Russian city of Sarov.