THE Ministry of Defense authorized a weapons demonstration at the Legion Base in Viator in June this year despite danger of fire.
At least two people’s lives were put at risk during this demonstration which was carried out at a time when such activities are banned due to the danger of a fire starting in the heat, according to a local Spanish daily.
Fifteen grenades were reportedly fired, one of which fell by the mortar without detonating, causing gunpowder to catch fire and endangering the two operators who had to jump from the vehicle.
Explosives experts had to destroy the vehicle to prevent an uncontrolled explosion.
Those in charge justified their actions by saying that the tests were ‘urgent’ and that the Military Emergencies Unit was in the area in case of a problem.