At least five killed in Pakistani ice plant blast
05 July 2016
At least five people died in an industrial accident in northern Karachi on July 4 when the boiler of an ice plant blew off the roof and buried seven people in the rubble. Witnesses said that the blast was so huge that not only it blew off the roof but badly shattered the walls of the factory, completely destroying the facility. The blast also smashed the windows of adjoining houses.
After the blast ammonia gas, which is used to make the ice, leaked all over the area suffocating local residents and passers-by. Several residents were taken to hospital and local media reported that the owner of the factory suffered a heart attack and was also taken to hospital.
Police have been tasked with investigating the incident.
Poor safety measures frequently cause fatal accidents in Karachi. In past weeks, three large fires have broken out in industrial premises. In 2012, a deadly fire at a garment factory took the lives of more than 260 people in the Baldia neighbourhood.