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11 workers, including 9 women, killed in AP cracker factory fire

Indicating that the toll may go up, V Srinivas, a special branch inspector, said: “Negligence may have caused the fire.

By: Indo-Asian News Service | Hyderabad | Updated: October 21, 2014 9:12:04 am
Chinese crackers have also been banned this year by the government. (Source: Express photo by Praveen Khanna) Chinese crackers have also been banned this year by the government. (Source: Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

At least 11 workers were killed and many seriously injured Monday after a fire broke out in a firecracker manufacturing unit in Uppada Kothapalli village in East Godavari district.

District Collector Neetu Prasad, who visited the spot, said, “There was a sudden blast. Eleven workers at the unit, including nine women, were killed in the incident that occurred at around 2.45 pm.”

Indicating that the toll may go up, V Srinivas, a special branch inspector, said: “Negligence may have caused the fire. The workers could not escape when the raw material exploded. We have shifted seven persons to Kakinada government hospital.’’

(With PTI inputs)

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