Toll increases in cracker factory blast near Madurai

Chennai: One more person who sustained injuries at an explosion at a cracker unit in Sengulam village near Madurai died, taking the toll to six.

The deceased have been identified as M Veluthai (45) of S Paraipatti, P Lakshmi (40) of Kilaarpatti, K Ayyammal (65) of Kadaneeri, P Suriliammal (50) of Govindhanallur, S Kaleeshwari (35) of Athipatti in Peraiyur, and P Annalakshmi (45) of Kadaneri.

Police said the fire broke out in Rajalakshmi Fireworks Factory, Friday afternoon leading to a series of explosions, when around 35 labourers were engaged in making fancy variety crackers.

Preliminary investigations revealed that friction while handling the chemicals was the reason for the fire tragedy.

Fire tenders from Virudhunagar and its surroundings rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire after a couple of hours’ operation.

The injured were admitted to Virudhunagar government hospital.  Senior Revenue and Police officials visited the factory to ascertain if there were any violations of safety norms.

 

NT Bureau