The suspension of the licence of Om Sakthi Fireworks Industries at Mudalipatti near here by officials of the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) on September 4 was officially communicated to the Virudhunagar Collector, T.N. Hariharan, and the Superintendent of Police, Najmul Hoda, only hours after the gory fire accident that claimed 38 lives took place on Wednesday.

Sources said the Collector’s office received the copy of a report listing the violations and a copy of the order, both dated September 4, through fax at 6.03 p.m. on September 5, five hours after the accident. The report signed by the Deputy Chief Controller of Explosives, Sivakasi, B. Rengasamy, was addressed to Om Sakthi Fireworks Industries and a copy marked to the Collector and the SP “for further necessary action”.

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