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Four workers killed in blast at fireworks unit near Sattur

An official said friction while handling chemicals led to the explosion at the fireworks unit in Sattur around 7.40 a.m.

An official said friction while handling chemicals led to the explosion at the fireworks unit in Sattur around 7.40 a.m.

Four workers were killed and two others sustained grievous injuries in a blast reported at Sri Solai Fireworks unit near Sattur under Ezhayirampannai police station limits on Wednesday morning.

The police have identified the deceased as A. Karuppasamy, 40, K. Senthil, 35, K. Kasi, 40, and S. Ayyammal, 48. While M. Muniyasami, 45, of Manjal Odaipatti, who sustained 60% burns, has been admitted to Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai, J. Saraswathi, 40, of Kombulingapuram has been admitted to Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital with fractures in her limbs.

An official said friction caused when the workers were handling chemicals led to the explosion at 7.20 a.m. The workers were involved in filling tubes with chemicals for making ‘bijili’ crackers.

The unit located at Panaiyadipatti has been given licence by the District Revenue Officer. The licence-holder, A. Poomari, had renewed it in 2020 and the unit has licence validity for manufacturing crackers till March 2022.

One working shed was completely razed in the impact of the explosion. Even before the officials could rush to the spot, the local people moved the victims to Sattur Government Hospital.

This is second fireworks unit accident reported in Virudhunagar district this year. Five workers were killed and seven others injured in the earlier accident reported at R.K.V.M. Fireworks unit near Watrap on January 1.

Virudhunagar Collector J. Meghanath Reddy has convened a meeting of fireworks manufacturers on Thursday in the wake of the two fatal fire accidents.

Meanwhile, the licence of Sri Solai fireworks was suspended.


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