Four killed in TN cracker factory

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Virudhunagar (Tamil Nadu), Jan 1 : In a tragic incident, four workers were killed when a series of explosions razed six warehouses and sheds where a huge stock of crackers and highly inflammable chemicals were stored in Kalathur village near Sivakasi here on Saturday.

Police said the blaze broke out in R.K.V.M. Fireworks factory, leading to many explosions. Preliminary investigations revealed that the blast occurred due to friction while handling chemicals, triggering a fire which proved to be devastating.

Fire tenders battled the fire after battling the flames for a few hours.

The workers had come to the factory to attend a prayer organized by factory owner C. Vazhividu Murugan (38) to mark the New Year. After the prayers, a group of workers began mixing highly inflammable chemicals meant for making fancy variety crackers when the explosion took place.

The deceased were identified as S. Kumar (38), P. Periyasamy (65), S. Veerakumar (40) and S. Murugesan (35).

The injured included an eight-year-old boy who had accompanied his father to the prayers.

The injured were admitted to the Centre of Excellence to treat burn injuries at the Sivakasi Government Hospital.

The police were investigating if there was any violation of safety norms.


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