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Latest News LIVE: At least fifteen people died and more than 30 were injured on Friday when an explosion ripped through a fireworks factory at Achankulam village in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu, multiple reports said.

The ‘Sree Maariyamman fireworks’ factory had stored firecrackers in a room that caught fire and led to the explosion, the Indian Express website reported. Police told the website the explosion happened at around 1:30 pm. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased, writing on Twitter to express his condolences.

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First Published: Fri, February 12 2021. 07:03 IST