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Three killed in Maharashtra factory blast


Three persons have died and 15 others injured in a powerful blast that was followed by a blaze which ripped through a government industrial estate late last night, an said here on Friday.

The explosion reportedly took place in the (NSPL), a company, around 11.15 p.m. on Thursday, Palghar Police Control said.

The blast was so deafening that it was heard in a radius of 10 km. Houses and buildings were shaken, and glasses shattered in a vicinity of around three km radius, Pawar told IANS.

Eyewitnesses said the explosion "sounded like a huge bomb" and it happened when many were preparing to retire for the night.

Scared and shaken many mistook it for an earthquake and hundreds rushed out on to the streets and sat there for hours.

"During the this morning, three unidentified bodies were found inside one of the factories, Arti Industries, that was destroyed in the blaze.

"We fear there may be more casualties. Rescue and are still underway. Although the fire still blazes, it is now under control," of Police told the media.

Even as firemen and disaster teams had rushed to the site, the blaze had quickly spread to at least five other companies in the vicinity, Shinge said. There were multiple explosions and fires reported, he added.

The blaze spread to adjoining Aarti Drugs, Prachi Pharmaceuticals, Bharat Rasayan, Unimax and another unit.

The rescue teams are working with protective masks.

The cause of the blast is not yet clear. Preliminary investigations indicate that a boiler containing industrial solvents may have burst under high temperature or pressure.

Efforts were still on to douse the flames in the precincts.

The victims have been identified as Pintu K. Gautam, and The injured have been admitted to hospitals, Shinge said.



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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 11:20 IST