Massive explosions rock a crowded Russian supermarket as fireworks go off

Fireworks in aisle three! Massive explosions rock a crowded Russian supermarket as rockets and crackers catch fire – although a customer is determined to finish his weekly shop

  • Fireworks were lit in a Russian store, turning it into what looked like a war zone
  • Around 500 people were in the Lenta supermarket in Tomsk at the time
  • Yet one man calmly continued to shop, determined to complete his daily chores










This is the dramatic moment fireworks exploded in a supermarket packed with 500 customers – although one customer continued undisturbed.

Sparks flew around the Lenta store in the Russian city of Tomsk, causing panic.

Shoppers abandoned their carts and took cover as the supermarket turned into a war zone, with rockets streaking through the aisles.

Yet one man was determined to finish his shop and walked into chaos with groceries under one arm and a bag in the other.

A series of fireworks erupted at a Lenta supermarket in the southern Russian city of Tomsk

Yet one man calmly continued to shop, determined to complete his daily chores, seemingly indifferent to the chaos

Yet one man calmly continued to shop, determined to complete his daily chores, seemingly indifferent to the chaos

He walked in chaos as the fireworks continued to explode with one arm around his groceries while holding a shopping bag in his other hand.

He walked in chaos as the fireworks continued to explode with one arm around his groceries while holding a shopping bag in his other hand.

There was fire and smoke filling the Lenta supermarket which had around 500 shoppers inside

There was fire and smoke filling the Lenta supermarket which had around 500 shoppers inside

Heroic shoppers grabbed fire extinguishers to try and put out the blaze caused by the fireworks

Heroic shoppers grabbed fire extinguishers to try and put out the blaze caused by the fireworks

The fireworks were on sale for the New Year holiday, but it was unclear why they lit.

Hero buyers responded by grabbing fire extinguishers to put out the blaze.

“Staff behaved like stupid sheep and didn’t know what to do, but shoppers rushed to put out the fire,” a witness said.

Worryingly, this is the second time in three days that fireworks have been lit at Lenta stores in the city.

Thick smoke billowed into the sky as the hell tore the building apart yesterday

Thick smoke billowed into the sky as the hell tore the building apart yesterday

Pictured: The devastation left at the store by the fire.  'Hundreds of thousands' of pounds of goods are said to have been destroyed

Pictured: The devastation left at the store by the fire. ‘Hundreds of thousands’ of pounds of goods are said to have been destroyed

An aerial image shows the extent of the devastation caused by the hypermarket fire

An aerial image shows the extent of the devastation caused by the hypermarket fire

Another store was almost totally destroyed in an arson attack.

A disgruntled store clerk set fire to the hypermarket he worked in in Russia after being reprimanded by his boss for a price mix-up, police say.

According to reports, Alexander Schnaider, 33, had changed the price tags of items at the hypermarket where he worked in Tomsk, Russia, when he was reprimanded by his manager.

Fed up with complaining about his job, Schnaider reportedly doused a box of fireworks with alcohol and lit it before leaving the store.

Quoting a law enforcement source, Life Shot reported: “His job was to change the price tags, but he constantly confused them and put the wrong ones in the wrong place.”

Alexander Schnaider, 33, (pictured), has been accused of burning down the hypermarket he worked in in Russia following a disagreement with his boss

It is alleged that he set fire to a box of fireworks

Alexander Schnaider, 33, (pictured) has been accused of burning down the hypermarket he worked in in Russia following a disagreement with his boss

Pictured: The circled man is believed to be Schnaider as he walks away from the fireworks, after setting them alight

Pictured: The circled man is believed to be Schnaider as he walks away from the fireworks, after setting them alight

“The manager would regularly criticize it and make it redo. So he was fed up and indignant at her.

Following Tuesday’s incident, police arrested Schnaider and he was charged with arson motivated by “personal enmity” against management, local media report.

The suspect allegedly confessed to the police: “There was white spirit on the counter…

“I started spraying it… (then) I set the whole thing on fire.

“As soon as it exploded, I saw a guard running up to try and put it out…

“There were screams, panic.

“I just turned around, put on my coat and went home.”

In today’s fire, no injuries were reported and the fire was quickly extinguished.

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