Fireworks factory blaze kills 33 in Tamil Nadu

CHENNAI, India Wed Sep 5, 2012 9:38pm IST

1 of 2. A general view of a damaged fireworks factory is seen after a fire broke out at Sivakasi town, about 540 km (335 miles) southwest of the southern Indian city of Chennai September 5, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Stringer

Related Topics

CHENNAI, India (Reuters) - Fire swept through a fireworks factory on Wednesday in Tamil Nadu, killing at least 33 people and injuring dozens more, some with serious burns, police said.

Most of the dead were workers in the factory in the town of Sivakasi, the centre of India's firecracker industry, about 540 km (335 miles) southwest of Chennai.

Television channels showed huge clouds of smoke billowing out of the factory, with repeated bursts of firecrackers resounding in the background. Rescue teams used makeshift stretchers to ferry victims to ambulances.

Police were unable to determine how many of the plant's 250 workers remained trapped inside as the fire raged out of control.

"We have not been able to enter the factory because of the smoke. The number of casualties may rise," the deputy police chief, who identified himself only as Ramamurthy, told Reuters.

The fire broke out in the fully-stocked warehouses and flames and smoke quickly spread through the factory. An explosion took place while chemicals for the firecrackers were being mixed in the morning, police said.

(Additional reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal in New Delhi; Writing by Annie Banerji; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Ron Popeski)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

REUTERS EXCLUSIVE

REUTERS SHOWCASE

iOS 8 Issue

iOS 8 Issue

iOS 8 causing Bluetooth connectivity issues - Apple news blog  Full Article 

Modi In U.S.

Modi In U.S.

Obama, Modi work to deepen improving U.S.-India ties  Full Article | Full Coverage 

NYT Job Cut

NYT Job Cut

New York Times to cut jobs as new products disappoint  Full Article 

Factory Activity

Factory Activity

Factories expand at slowest pace this year in September  Full Article 

Monetary Policy

Monetary Policy

RBI not biased towards either raising or cutting rates - Rajan  Full Article 

Weak Demand

Weak Demand

Weak demand hits factory activity across Asia, Europe  Full Article 

Pimco Fund

Pimco Fund

Pimco Total Return Fund posts record $23.5 bln net outflow in Sept  Full Article 

Hopeful of Profit

Hopeful of Profit

GM sees first European profit in 2016 after years of losses  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage