Eight killed in factory blast near Nagpur

May 12th, 2008 - 8:23 pm ICT by admin  

Nagpur, May 12 (IANS) Eight people, including a woman, were killed and 15 others injured in an accidental detonator explosion in a stone crusher at Umred near here Monday, the police said. The blast occurred at noon when the workers of SMS Thresher Co were off-loading and checking detonators from a supply truck that just arrived with the goods, the police said.

“A woman living in a hut in the factory premises was cooking food on a hearth when the detonators were being off-loaded. The blast was triggered apparently by some sparks from the hearth,” sub-divisional police officer Ramesh Ghodam told IANS.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Yashasvi Yadav and additional SP Sandip Karnik visited the site in the afternoon and a bomb detection and disposal squad was rushed in the evening, Ghodam said.

The injured have been admitted to the Medical College Hospital in Nagpur, he added.

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