A fire triggered the launch of two anti-aircraft missiles that landed near a barracks in the Soviet Far East, killing one soldier and injuring eight others, the Soviet Defense Ministry said Friday.

Safety devices on the missiles prevented their combat armament from exploding in the accident Thursday. But gunpowder in the propulsion engine of one missile blew up when it landed about 40 yards from the soldiers' barracks, the statement said.The statement, carried by the Tass news agency, did not specify the location of the accident except to say it occurred in the Amur region.