A local inhabitant got multiple wounds when demonstration firing was carried out as part of an international exhibition of armaments and combat equipment in Nizhny Tagil. The incident took place at a test range on Tuesday. One of the spectators -- a 48-year-old local resident -- grossly violated safety rules and walked beyond special railings onto the territory of the range. The man was injured when a projectile was fired from a Smerch missile system. He received a penetrating fragment wound in the stomach, and also had his forearm broken and his hand injured.
Medics confirmed to RIA Novosti the fact of injury. They described the patient's condition as "grave".
The man was hospitalised in the 1st city hospital in Nizhny Tagil, where he will be operated on, RIA Novosti was told by an emergency doctor who went on duty when the exhibition was under way.
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