An explosion hit a Moscow market on Monday, causing injuries, the Ministry Emergency Situations said.
News reports said up to nine people were killed and that that the blast apparently was caused by a gas cylinder.
The blast hit the Cherkizovsky market in the northeastern part of the city about 10:30 am, the ministry said.
The ITAR-Tass news agency, citing unnamed police officials, said nine people were killed. Police could not immediately be reached for comment.
It also cited police as saying a gas cylinder malfunction may have caused the blast.