Powerful Explosion Rocks Sensitive Israeli Missile Factory During Test

No casualties have been reported. The explosion seems to have occurred during a routine test at an advanced weapons factory which houses various types of missiles

Yaniv Kubovich
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The explosion at the Tomer factory in Israel, yesterday.
The explosion at the Tomer factory in Israel, yesterday.
Yaniv Kubovich

A powerful explosion took place on Tuesday at a sensitive defense factory during a test in central Israel. There are so far no reports of casualties.

The explosion occurred during a 'routine test' by the Tomer factory for advanced weapons, which develops rocket engines, the Ofek satellite launchers and houses various types of missiles. Locals say they heard an explosion and saw a mushroom cloud, with some filming it.

Officials may have underestimated the collateral damage of the test, which led to the explosion. 

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In response to the blast, Tomer said "this was a controlled test with no exceptional circumstances."

Tomer's factory is located in central Israel, and in proximity to residential areas. The company manufactures missiles for use by the IDF and other Israeli defense systems. They are the manufacturers behind Israel's Arrow 4 missile interception system

Senior defense officials are now investigating what went wrong, and whether guidelines were adhered to. 

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