Explosion at Firecracker Manufacturing Unit Claims 9 Lives in Tamil Nadu’s Virudhnagar District

VIRUDHNAGAR, Tamil Nadu – A massive explosion at a firecracker manufacturing unit in Virudhnagar district on Saturday evening resulted in the death of at least 9 people and left 10 others injured.

Conflicting reports emerged regarding the number of casualties. While one news agency quoted 8 deaths and 10 injuries, another agency reported 10 fatalities, including four women. The reason for the explosion is yet to be determined.

Visuals of the aftermath showed extensive damage to the entire infrastructure, with the blast causing the collapse of the entire firecracker industrial unit.

The incident, which took place around 12:30 pm on Saturday in the chemical mixing room of the firecracker-making unit in the village, led to a detailed inquiry headed by the District Revenue Officer. The timely response included the formation of four teams to prevent future accidents, comprising the police, fire department, labor welfare department, and revenue department.

Following the explosion, Virudhunagar District Collector Jeyaseelan confirmed the death toll and the critical conditions of three injured individuals. He mentioned that a detailed inquiry and continuous research were underway. Meanwhile, ambulances and rescue operations were in progress at the site of the incident.

In response to the tragedy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin directed two state ministers to coordinate the rescue and relief activities. He expressed his condolences to the affected families and announced financial assistance for the kin of the deceased and the grievously injured.

The explosion serves as a grim reminder of the inherent dangers in the firecracker manufacturing industry and the importance of stringent safety measures to prevent future tragedies. The authorities’ prompt action and the ongoing investigation will be crucial in understanding the cause of the explosion and implementing preventive measures.