Explosion at MESKO Arms Factory, Skarzysko-Kamienna, Poland

At approximately 0630 EST, initial reports indicated that one person was killed, several were injured, and a fire had been extinguished at the rocket fuel center of a MESKO arms factory in Skarzysko-Kamienna, Poland.

The Deputy Commander of the Police Headquarters in Skarzysko-Kamienna told Polish press that one 59-year-old worker at the plant was killed when an explosion in a warehouse of the fuel and rocket department occurred. Two other employees were able to self-evacuate. A MESKO emergency services crew on the installation extinguished the fire and did not require municipal support.

MESKO is a 100-year-old defense contractor in Poland which manufactures various munitions for the Polish Armed Forces and NATO, including, but not limited to the GROM MANPADS, Piorum MANPADS, SPIKE-LR ATGM, NLPR AG Rocket, and other small arms.

Three weeks ago, this publication reported on the significant increase in GRU and other Russian intelligence services’ operations within Poland, specifically plots to assassinate Ukrainian President Zelensky and sabotage operations. While authorities have not reported the cause of the incident, it is reasonable to expect this may not have been a workplace accident.