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One die in fireworks factory blast in Virudhunagar, TN

Chennai, Jan 19 (BPNS)

A worker died in a blast at a fireworks factory at Virudhunagar on Thursday while another worker is grievously injured. The deceased is identified as Ravi (60). The injured worker is Jayaraj (60).

The fireworks factory owned by Krishnamoorthy at Sengamalapatti has more than 40 sheds and 100 workers working in these sheds.

Sivakasi East police which is investigating the case said that a blast occurred in the shed where Jayaraj and Ravi were working and this blast led to the roof of the shed collapsing. Ravi died after being crushed under the roof and Jayaraj suffered serious injuries.

Jayaraj is admitted to Sivakasi Government Hospital for further treatment. Police said that investigations have commenced regarding the safety adopted in the sheds.

It may be noted that Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district of  Tamil Nadu is the fireworks capital of the state. Many youths who drop out of school finally end up here as workers. There have been several incidents of fireworks blasts in these areas. However, the functioning of these units continues unabated.