An accident in a fireworks factory in Duraisamipuram, near Sivakasi, has claimed three lives, while severely injuring one person, on Saturday. The accident took place on Saturday morning at Krishnasamy Fireworks Industry, which is owned by Raju in Sivakasi, Virudhunagar district.
More than 200 workers were involved in the manufacture of fire crackers at the factory, which had more than 40 rooms. According to reports, the fire started following a spark when the workers were mixing raw materials in one of the rooms. The spark caused the raw materials in the room to explode, thereby bringing down the walls of the room.
Two workers, Krishnan and Mariappan, were trapped under the rubble and died on the spot, while two others, Ponnusamy and Pandiarajan, were severely injured in the accident. The injured workers were rushed to the Government Hospital in Sivakasi, where one of them succumbed to injuries.
The factory falls within the Maraneri Police Station limits and upon receiving the information, the police and the revenue officials rushed to the spot to investigate. The Maraneri police have registered a case against Raju under the Explosives Act and have taken him into custody.
Speaking to TNM, an investigating officer said, “The factory did not have the necessary safety measures in place to avoid the accident. Hence, we have put an FIR under Explosives Act also, apart from the IPC. We have also taken the owner of the factory into custody and are conducting inquiry.”
Since Deepavali is approaching, the production of fireworks are in full swing in Sivakasi, which is the hub of firecracker manufacturing.
In April, at least four people were killed in separate accidents in two fireworks units in Sivakasi.