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Firework factory blast kills five in Southern India

30 April 2013

On April 28 a blast near Sivakasi in a factory owned by S S Vijayakumar, president of the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association, killed at least five workers and injured seven.

The blast occurred while 12 contract workers were mixing hazardous chemicals under a tree within the factory premises. They were working outside as all rooms in the factory were shut since it was Sunday. 

Apparently friction during the handling of the chemicals triggered a fire, which quickly spread causing the blast. 

The cracker and firework industry is poorly regulated in India and leads to many deaths and injuries every year, particularly in the run-up to public festivals when the fireworks are used in great quantities.

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