Wow, that was close. A Russian submarine that caught fire in December had nukes on board, contrary to statements by Russia’s Defense Ministry. According to Kommersant Vlast, a Russian news magazine, the dry-docked Yekaterinburg was carrying nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles when it was engulfed in flames on Dec. 29. If the sub’s torpedoes had exploded, they could have caused the nuclear-tipped missiles and the two nuclear reactors to ignite. “Russia was a step away from the largest catastrophe since Chernobyl,” Kommersant Vlast said.