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    According to the Chelyabinsk wiki, Chelyabinsk Oblast has a long history with the Russian military.  The modern city is known for producing tanks and rocket launchers.  The Soviets ran a nuclear research facility, Chelyabinsk-70, in the Chelyabinsk oblast (governmental unit larger than city), and the 1957 Mayak nuclear disaster, 150 km NW of the city, killed people in the oblast as well.  

    So, things going boom and shooting at things that go boom are mainstays of the local economy.  Imagine the "fun" we'd have if the explosion took place over Area 51.

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    by Yamaneko2 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 11:31:01 AM PST

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