A mine explosion shook Heves county over the weekend and people living in Recsk made complaints that they were not warned in advance. Some residents were so scared that they fled their homes in panic.
Residents of the villages of Heves County experienced two explosions over the weekend. This was not the first time that detonations were detected by local residents, writes Index. On 7 February, the residents of Heves county heard explosion-like sounds. The Kövesligethy Radó Seismological Observatory also indicated at the time that they had detected phenomena similar to an earthquake, which they believed could have been caused by an explosion.
Later, local disaster management was also asked whether they were aware of any kind of explosion, but they gave a negative reply. The National Guard was also contacted after the incident. They admitted that their machines were in operation on Tuesday, and this could have caused a sonic boom, but they considered it unlikely that all of this could have been detected by the measuring instruments of the seismological observatory, as well as by the locals.
Since then, there were two more explosions on Friday in Heves County. As it turned out, explosions were carried out in one of the mines that was being reopened. However, as residents were not informed about the situation, some of them were so scared that they fled their homes in panic. LMP posted a Facebook video about the worried residents who explained they had no idea about the cause of the explosion.
“I was half-asleep when I noticed that my bed started shaking. The glasses kept clinking to one another in the cupboard. Finally, we ran out into the street”, said a local woman.”We should have received information about the explosion. At the last meeting, the contractor said that at the time of the first explosion, he would be present and we would get through it together. We have not received any information on the date though,” said a local resident. They also added that they would like the mayor to take action regarding the matter.
A company based in Debrecen started mining activities in Recsk and locals are divided on the matter, reports heol.hu. However, it does not seem likely that an explosion would have occurred in Recsk on Tuesday, as the detonations were then reported from the other, southeastern part of Heves county.
Source: heol.hu, Index