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11 Dead, 36 Injured In Explosion At Fire Cracker Factory In Tamil Nadu

At least eleven people have died and 36 injured in an explosion at a private firecracker factory in Tamil Nadu’s Virudhunagar, around 500 kilometres from Chennai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the blast.

“Fire at a firecracker factory in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu is saddening. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those injured recover soon. Authorities are working on the ground to assist those affected,” he tweeted.

The explosion took place at around 1.30 pm today while some chemicals were being mixed to produce firecrackers, police said.

Ten fire-fighting units from various locations were rushed to the spot to douse the fire in the factory, news agency PTI reported.

Chief Minister E Palaniswami has announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to the families of those who died in the blast and Rs 1 lakh to the severely injured.


The Centre has announced Rs 2 lakh for the families of the victims and Rs 50,000 for those injured.

“An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each has been approved from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a fire in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu. Rs. 50,000 would be given to those seriously injured,” a tweet from the PMO account read.

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