A blast was reported at Attari Integrated Check Post (ICP) on Wednesday morning when a tanker carrying hydrogen peroxide exploded.
No casualties were reported. A magisterial probe has been ordered into the incident by Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Ravi Bhagat. Also, import of chemicals from Pakistan was stopped with immediate effect.
The blast occurred moments after the vehicle was weighed and its driver told to park at a distance owing to “some leakage in the truck”, said a Customs official. “A Pakistani tanker had brought 20 tonnes of hydrogen peroxide around 3.34 pm on Tuesday. The trans-shipment of the chemical into an Indian tanker was completed around 7.40 pm,” said an official of Central Warehousing Corporation.
It was an intense blast as the tanker containing the chemical detached from the main body and hit a wall about 100 meters away. A major tragedy was, however, averted as the it did not go in the direction of the passenger terminal or where the staff were working. A team of foresic experts, requisitioned from Chandigarh, would gather the samples and analyse circumstances leading to the explosion.