Three killed in explosion at TN fireworks unit

Madurai: Three men were killed when a blast took place in a fire works factory at a remote village in Virudhunagar district, police said on Saturday.

The workers were mixing chemicals for making some fancy firework when the blast occurred due to friction at the unit in Sindapalli village near Sattur, about 80 km from here, on Friday evening, they said.

The intensity of the blast was so powerful that the bodies of the workers were blown to pieces and flung several feet away.

The shed where they were working was razed to the ground, District Collector T N Hariharan said.

One of the victims had reported for regular work only on Friday after training.

The workers had mixed the chemicals, before tea break, and when they returned and picked them up for packing, it exploded, police said.

About 100 workers were in the factory when the incident occurred, they said, adding three persons, working in an adjacent shed, received minor injuries. (PTI)