Death toll in Tamil Nadu cracker factory explosion rises to six

Sivakasi:  One more person succumbed to injuries at Madurai Rajaji government hospital today putting the death toll in the explosion at a cracker manufacturing unit near Sivakasi up to six, police said today.

Three persons died on the spot while eight others were injured,  of whom two succumbed to burns day before yesterday and one this morning.

The other injured persons are undergoing treatment at the government hospital.

The victims were workers of the unit at Narayanapuram village, four km from Sivakasi, the country's fireworks hub, and they were engaged in making crackers when the explosion occurred on Sunday.

Two foremen at the unit and an accountant were arrested yesterday under various IPC sections and Explosives Act.

The owner of the unit and its manager are absconding, and a hunt is on to nab them.

The explosion apparently occurred due to friction among the chemicals.

Virudhunagar district collector Hariharan has issued orders to officials to inspect all fireworks units in the area.

Story First Published: April 30, 2013 12:45 IST

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