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Deadly explosion at Russian test site involved nuclear power source, reports say

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An explosion at a northern Russian base that killed at least five people last week involved a small nuclear reactor, state nuclear officials said.

The blast occurred Thursday on a platform in the White Sea off Nyonoksa and caused a reported nearby radiation spike in Severodvinsk.

State-controlled nuclear energy company Rosatom said the explosion occurred during a test of "a nuclear isotope power source" for a rocket.

Vyacheslav Solovyov, scientific director at the Russian Federal Nuclear Center, also confirmed to a local newspaper that the institute was studying "small-scale" power sources that include "fissile materials," the New York Times and Reuters reported.

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