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Six Killed in Blast at Tamil Nadu Firecracker Unit, Building Collapses

The explosion was triggered when the workers were handling raw materials to make crackers in the unit.

PTI

Updated:March 27, 2019, 7:52 PM IST
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Six Killed in Blast at Tamil Nadu Firecracker Unit, Building Collapses
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Tiruvarur: Six people were killed and three injured in an explosion Wednesday at a firecracker unit at Mannargudi, about 28 km from here, a fire and rescue official said.

The explosion was triggered when the workers were handling raw materials to make crackers in the unit, he said.

The owner of the unit was among the deceased. The explosion was so powerful that the building that housed the unit collapsed and portions of it were flattened, he said, adding there was no blaze.

"While four of them were flung outside under the impact of the explosion, two got trapped under the rubble and all of them died," a rescue official said.

Several teams of fire and rescue personnel from here and nearby areas were pressed into service to rescue the victims and clear the rubble.

The two seriously injured workers were admitted to a nearby government medical college hospital, while the other
man was discharged after treatment, he said.

According to officials, the unit was manufacturing firecrackers for a local event and it was believed to have a
valid license.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami condoled the deaths of the six workers.

Food minister R Kamaraj, who visited the spot, told reporters that it was a 'very unfortunate incident' and should
not have happened at all.

Condoling the deaths, he said: "I pray to the Almighty for the early recovery of the injured."
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