Monday, April 29, 2013

3 Killed, 8 Injured in Explosion at Fireworks factory in Southern India

TEHRAN (FNA)- At least three people were killed and eight others sustained burn injuries in an explosion at a fireworks factory in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, a senior police official said.

"The explosion happened at Sri Rathna Fire Works factory in Naranapuram near the state's Sivakasi District when the workers were preparing a mixture of chemicals for fire crackers. While three people died on the spot, the injured have been admitted to a local hospital where the condition of some are said to be serious," the official said, on condition of anonymity.

A probe has been ordered into the incident, the official added, Xinhua reported.

The Sivakasi District is the state's fire cracker producing hub. But many illegal fireworks factories also operate in the area which do not adhere to basic fire safety norms and thus vulnerable to explosions.

The explosion came just three days after a similar accident in the district killed three people.

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