Three killed in Maharashtra factory blast

Three killed in Maharashtra factory blast

At least 3 people have been killed and 11 others injured after a massive explosion in a chemical factory in the Palghar district of Maharashtra triggered a fire in 5 factory units nearby, on Thursday night.

"There may be more casualties". As a few areas continued to burn, search and cooling operations began only around noon.

Initial reports suggest that the blast occurred when a boiler containing industrial solvent burst under high temperature and pressure due to irregular storage. "No person from the Novaphane company has come forward to inform us", said Prakash Birajdar, senior police inspector of MIDC police. They were later identified as Pintu Gautam, Janu Agaria, and Aloknath Agaria, all aged 30 and residents of Shiv Nagar in Boisar.

The first blast occurred in Novaphene Specialties Private Limited in E-107 unit of MIDC at around 11.10 p.m on Thursday.

3 killed 15 injured in series of blasts and fire at chemical factory in Tarapur MIDC Palghar 2
Late night visuals from Tarapur MIDC

The blaze spread to six other factories before it was controlled by firefighters, police said. "We are probing and the guilty will be charged under relevant sections of the IPC and we may recommend the government to cancel the manufacturing licence of the guilty units", the report quoted Narnaware as saying.

Eyewitnesses said the explosion "sounded like a huge bomb" and it happened when many were preparing to retire for the night. Six factories- Novaphene, Unimax, Prachi, Arti, Bharat Rasayan, Darbar were affected by fire. Fearing it to be an quake, people rushed to the streets. Over 1,000 chemical units storing hazardous and flammable chemicals are located in the area.

Police officer Manjunath Shinge says the bodies were recovered early Friday hours after the fire started at the factory in Palghar district in Maharashtra estate.

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