A fire broke out at a cracker unit in Anuppankulam near Sivakasi on Thursday evening, in which 10 working sheds were razed to the ground and 10 others partially damaged. However, no one was injured. The fire was said to have started at the fuse dipping room in the cracker unit at around 6.40 p.m. and spread to the working sheds, District Officer (Fire and Rescue) C. Manoharan said.
The extent of damage was not immediately known. Police and Fire and Rescue Services personnel rushed to the spot. However, firefighting operations could not be started immediately as it was pitch dark around the unit, Virudhunagar Collector T.N. Hariharan said. Aerial crackers were bursting even two hours after the first explosion.
The officials did not show any haste to enter the premises as the details of chemicals stocked were not known immediately, Superintendent of Police N. Maheswaran said, adding, “Some of the chemicals could react even to water droplets and burst.” Deputy Chief Controller of Explosives (in-charge) R Venugopal said decomposition of pellet chemical was suspected to have caused the fire.