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Two killed in Indian chemicals plant blast

14 April 2014

Two industrial chemists were killed and 16 workers injured in an explosion that ripped through the reactor of the Deccan Fine Chemicals plant in Payakaraopeta near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, on April 12. Two of the injured are said to be critical, while the remaining 14 are stable. 

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A majority of the injured lost consciousness after inhaling Dichloromethane fumes, which enveloped the building after the blast.

According to local sources, police said around 30 workers were in the building and the two chemists at the reactor when the incident happened.

The plant opened 5 years ago on a 35-acre site and manufactures synthetic, organic and biotech-based chemicals.

An investigation will take place to identify the reasons for the explosion

According to PTI, a group of workers and trade union leaders staged a sit-in outside the premises after the incident, alleging failure by the management to adopt safety measures.

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