Five killed in Kerala cracker factory blasts

February 26th, 2009 - 8:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Trissur (Kerala), Feb 26 (IANS) Five workers, including a woman, were killed and an equal number seriously injured when a fire triggered blasts at two cracker manufacturing units in Kerala Thursday evening, police said.

The incident occurred near Pattambi in Palakkad district, which also houses Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan’s constituency. A probe has been ordered into the blasts that killed the five workers instantly.

Eyewitnesses accounts suggest the blast was set off by a fire at the canteen of one of the factories and spread quickly due to the sweltering 40 degrees Celsius temperature.

The dead woman is believed to hail from Tamil Nadu. The man who has the license for the factory, 48-year-old Davis, suffered 60 percent burns. He is among the five seriously injured who have been admitted to the Medical College Hospital here.

The two factories were busy churning out a large quantity of crackers for use at a temple festival in Palakkad Saturday.

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