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India firework factory blast kills 25

09 June 2017

At least 25 people were killed and several others injured in an explosion at a fireworks factory in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on June 8. The blast occurred when a blaze engulfed the factory in Balaghat district. Balaghat Police Chief Amit Sanghi said. the blast was so powerful that it could be heard five kilometres from the site.

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Another five were being treated for burns and smoke inhalation, and the condition of two was said to be critical. Dozens of workers managed to escape unhurt as firefighters brought the fire under control in two hours.

Police said the cause of the blast was not immediately known and was being investigated, and a criminal case has been lodged against the factory owner. Shivraj Singh Chauhan, chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, announced compensation for the families of the deceased.

India has a huge demand for firecrackers, which are used in religious festivals and weddings.

Workplace accidents are common in Indian fireworks factories, where inadequate safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations have led to many deaths. Local media reported that at least 11 people were killed in similar accidents in Madhya Pradesh in April.

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