9 dead, several injured in explosion at firecracker factory in Tamil Nadu

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Chief Minister K Palaniswami, who expressed his condolences to the bereaved families, announced a solatium of Rs 2 lakh each to them.

At least nine people, all of them women, were killed and five others injured after an explosion in a firecracker factory in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore on Friday, September 4.

The injured persons have been taken to hospital, news agency Associated Press quoted police officer Pandiyan as saying.

The police have also launched a probe to ascertain the cause of explosion, which has completely damaged the building, which is located in Kattumannarkoil area of Cuddalore district, 190km away from state capital Chennai.

"It is a licenced unit near Kattumannarkoil. All of them were workers. Investigation is on into whether they were making country-made bombs and whether they were using only permitted explosives," Cuddalore Superintendent of Police Sree Abhinav was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami, who expressed his condolences to the bereaved families, announced a solatium of Rs 2 lakh each to them.

The industrial accident happened at a time when the state government has allowed industries to resume work with 100 per cent workforce amid the coronavirus crisis.

The fireworks sector missed their peak manufacturing season ahead of Diwali due to the coronavirus lockdown. The fireworks capital of India, Sivakasi, is also in Tamil Nadu.

Many illegal factories with little safety precautions produce firecrackers that are cheaper to buy than legally made ones.

In September last year, a large explosion at a fireworks factory killed 22 people in Batala, a town in northern Punjab state, about 460 kilometers (285 miles) north of New Delhi (With agency inputs)

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