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India steel plant explosion kills six, injures 50

13 June 2014

A blast at Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) in Chhattisgarh, Central India, has claimed six lives including two deputy general managers at the plant. Other fatalities included a fire fighter and two plant employees. Over 50 were injured, with 11 reported to be in a critical condition.

A statement released by the Indian Steel Authority (SAIL) on June 12 said : "The main header of Pump House No.2 which supplies water to the Gas Cleaning Plants (GCP) of Blast Furnaces at BSP suddenly ruptured at around 18:10 hours on Thursday. This resulted in sudden loss in water pressure to the GCPs and the Blast Furnace gas from the scrubbers entered the water pipeline affecting the people attending the breakdown in the pump house and in the nearby area."

A local television report said that methane and carbon monoxide leaked from the plant following the explosion.

A high-level inquiry would be conducted to ascertain the cause of the breakdown, SAIL said.


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