Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
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Three killed in chemicals blast at Indian industrial site

Three killed in chemicals blast at Indian industrial site

At least three people died and several were injured when a series of explosions and fire ripped through a chemical plant of a pharma company in Maharashtra's Boisar, near Mumbai, late yesterday.

The explosion triggered fires in around five factory units in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area, where the chemical plant is located.

Palghar police said that the fire started around 11.15 pm yesterday at the factory of Novaphene Specialities Pvt Ltd. These chemicals deal in high purity acid and acid anhydrides.

The survivors told police that soon there were almost 40 explosions. Tremors of the blasts could be felt 12 km from the place of the incident, quotes Hindustan Times. They include Novophene, Unimax, Arti, Prachi, Rasayan and Darbar. The MIDC area has over 1,100 highly flammable units.

The affected area is close to the Tarapur Atomic Power Station.

"Fire has spread to the neighbouring industries". Rescue operations were mounted with the evacuation of people inside the buildings being given priority. Our team has reached the spot with fire brigade, Manjunath Singe, Superintendent of Police, Palghar told PTI. The three deceased have been identified as Pintu Kumar Gautam, Janu Adaria, and Alok Nath, all employees of Arti Industries. Seven are now undergoing treatment at Vikas Hospital, while five were in serious condition in Boisar's Thunga Hospital. "The other two admitted are stable and should be discharged in a day or two", said Dr Swapnil Shinde, MD, Tunga Hospital. A case of accident has been registered. "If the units are found guilty, a recommendation will be made to the government to cancel their licences", he said.

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