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Explosion at Indian petrochemicals facility kills six

13 September 2018

THE explosion of a methane boiler tank at the Mohit petrochemical factory in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, killed six workers and left two others in a serious condition, according to local media. Another worker is reported to be missing. Welders had been repairing the tank, which had been leaking for the past few days.

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Eleven were working at the plant, which makes ethanol, at the time of the accident on September 11.

Local officials said a the operators and owners of the factory would face negligence charges for violating safety norms and allowing welding to take place despite knowing the inflammable nature of methane.

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