Blast, fire in Maharashtra chemical factory; 13 injured, rescue operation underway

The Palghar blast is suspected to have occurred in a boiler room and efforts were on to douse the fire in the factory precincts.


Eyewitnesses said the explosion, “sounding like a huge bomb”, happened when many were preparing to retire for the night.


A powerful blast followed by a massive fire ripped through a private chemical manufacturing company in the Tarapur MIDC area in Maharashtra’s Palghar late on Thursday night, police said.
Thirteen people were injured in the explosion, and they have been rushed to a medical facility. Three of them are said to have suffered serious injuries.
According to Palghar Control police official Pramod Pawar, the blast occurred around 11.15pm in the chemical company’s plant. A rescue operation is underway.
“The blast, cause of which is not yet clear was so deafening that it was heard in a radius of 10 km, and houses and buildings were shaken,” Pawar told IANS.
Palghar district collector Prashant Narnaware, who reached the accident site early Friday, told ANI: “Around 11:30 pm, we came to know about the incident. Police machinery, revenue machinery and health machinery...contributed their best to extinguish the fire. Our work of rescue is still continuing.”
The blast is suspected to have occurred in a boiler room and efforts were on to douse the fire in the factory precincts.
Eyewitnesses said the explosion, “sounding like a huge bomb”, happened when many were preparing to retire for the night.
However, scared and shaken by the explosion, many feared it was an earthquake and hundreds rushed out on to the streets and sat there.
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