Updated: September 5, 2020 9:21:37 am
Seven persons were killed and two others were injured in an explosion at a fireworks unit in Kattumanarkoil town near Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu on Friday. All the deceased were believed to be women, as per initial reports.
The injured were rushed to a government hospital in the town.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of deceased.
The incident took place at around 11 am. The unit belonged to one Gandhimadhi, of Kurungudi village, who also died along with her daughter in the mishap.
கடலூர், குறுங்குடி கிராமத்தில் பட்டாசு தயாரிப்பு விபத்தில் 9 பெண்கள் பலியான செய்தி பெரும் சோகம் தருகிறது. 4 மாதங்கள் வருமானம் இன்றி மீண்டும் தொடங்கிய அன்றே விபத்து ஏற்பட்டிருக்கிறது!
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Local reports claimed that the impact of the blast was felt close to 5 kilometres from the spot. The fire department and the police also arrived at the spot.
Read in Malayalam here
Cuddalore Superintendent of Police, Sree Abhinav, held an inquiry at the site. Kaatumanarkoil Police said the fireworks unit was a licensed one.
More than 10 fireworks units are currently operational in Kurungudi.
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