- An explosion at a drug manufacturing unit triggered a fire
- The injured have been shifted to hospital, police said
- Eye-witness video showed huge plume of smoke emerging from unit
Eight people were injured after an explosion at a drug manufacturing facility near Hyderabad that triggered a fire on Saturday.
The blast took place around 1 pm at Vindhya Organics in the Industrial Development Area at Bollaram in Telangana's Sangareddy district which is part of the Hyderabad metropolitan area.
"A solvent was kept for some reaction after which it caught fire. The injured have been shifted to hospital. A rescue operation is on," the police told news agency ANI.
There were around 100 people in the factory who managed to come out and the fire was brought under control soon.
Eye-witness videos showed a huge plume of smoke billowing out of the building in the countryside which is densely populated.
Earlier this May, 11 people including a child died after toxic gas leaked from a chemical plant of a multinational firm in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam. More than 200 people were admitted to hospital.
Just two months later, two people were killed and four fell sick after gas leaked at a pharmaceutical unit in the same city.