Blast at Sivakasi fireworks factory; at least five people dead

Firefighters reached the spot soon after the blast and are now attempting to ensure no further chemical blasts are triggered. Efforts are also on to look for survivors

Sivakasi is known for its fireworks, matchbox and printing industries. Photo by Prabhakar Tamilarasu

At least five people have been killed in a blast at a fireworks factory in Tamil Nadu’s Sivakasi on Thursday.

The blast took place at the Kalaiyarkurichi factory, leaving several workers badly injured.

Firefighters reached the spot soon after the blast and are now attempting to ensure no further chemical blasts are triggered. Efforts are also on to look for survivors.

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Twenty-three people were killed when an explosion ripped through a fireworks factory near Suttur in the region on February 23. The blast occurred when some chemicals were being mixed to produce fireworks at the unit in Acchankulam village.

Sivakasi is known for its fireworks, matchbox and printing industries, which collectively employ more than 250,000 people. It is also well known for lax safety and frequent accidents.

– This is a developing story

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