Visuals of people shell-shocked near the explosion site Credit: Twitter image (@AshishG0swami)

Tamil Nadu: In a devastating incident that happened on Friday, seven people lost their lives in an explosion at a fireworks factory in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore. Four more suffered critical injuries and the factory owner is also among the seven dead in the blast.

The factory which is located in Kattumannarkoil town is 190 km from the state capital Chennai. Although the reason for the explosion is yet to be ascertained, however as per initial reports, the intensity of the blast was such that it even impacted the structure and brought it down.

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Police and firefighters rushed to the accident site to start their rescue operations and further mitigate any chances of disaster. Visuals which are surfacing on twitter showcases people crying near the debris of a concrete structure of the collapsed building, shell-shocked.

The collapsed structure

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According to Sree Abhinav, Cuddalore Superintendent of Police says that a factory is a licensed unit near Kattumannarkoil. He added that most of the workers were impacted by the blast- either by death or by sustaining critical injuries. Investigations are also underway to determine whether they were making country-made bombs and whether they were using only permitted explosives.

This industrial accident also occurred at a time when the state government has already allowed industries to resume their work with a 100% workforce amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, just a month prior Tamil Nadu was rocked with another explosion at Neyveli Lignite Power Plant which claimed the lives of at least seven people and injuring many.

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