A blast at a pharmaceutical unit in a residential-cum-industrial area in Dombivali East killed five persons and left nearly 140 people injured Thursday.
The impact of the blast at Probace Enterprises was such that windowpanes of all buildings within a 1.5 km radius were shattered, causing injuries to many.
Five bodies have been found so far. Rescue operations continued late into Thursday night.
“Among the injured, 59 have been discharged while the rest are still in hospital,” said Joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dumbare. He added that the rescue work was conducted by National Disaster Response Force and fire brigade officials.
A fire resulting from the blast was reported at 11.30 am and around 10 fire tenders and as many water tankers reached the spot in 10 minutes. “At least four small-scale industries suffered direct impact and three other buildings collapsed. It took around two hours to bring the fire under control,” said Dilip Gund, Chief Fire Officer of Kalyan-Dombivali Fire Brigade.
CM Devendra Fadnavis, Industries Minister Subhash Desai and Minister of Public Works Eknath Shinde visited the spot.