An explosion in a firecracker unit in Tiruvarur district in Tamil Nadu killed six workers on Wednesday. The explosion occurred at a firecracker manufacturing unit located in Mannargudi at around 7am in which two persons were also injured.
The blast had such an impact that the entire building was razed to the ground.
"While four of them were flung outside under the impact of the explosion, two got trapped under the rubble and all of them died," a rescue official told PTI.
The deceased were identified as Suresh, Arivu, Veeraiyan, Babu, Narayanan and Singaravelu. Singaravelu was an AIADMK functionary and owner of the building.
Sources told The Hindu that the workers were trapped in the concrete enclosure where the fireworks were kept.
Two other workers identified as Shaik Abdullah and Settu, were injured and admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital, Tiruvarur.
The unit was involved in manufacturing fancy fireworks for temple festivals and other functions.
On receiving information about the explosion, fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the fire and carry out rescue operations, which lasted for over an hour.
A car belonging to Singaravelu and a few other vehicles were also damaged in the explosion, according to sources.
Locals in the area who rushed to the spot after hearing a loud noise said that they found flames coming from the debris.
Somasundaram, Muthu and Abbas, who escaped unhurt, narrated the sequence of events to the police.
According to Somasundaram, the blast occurred just minutes after he had got out of the building.
The cause of the blast is yet to be determined.
Senior police and revenue officials conducted preliminary inquiries and a case has been registered by the Mannargudi police.
Chief Minister K. Palaniswami condoled the death of the six persons.
With IANS inputs