CUDDALORE: Three people were charred to death and two others sustained severe burn injuries in an explosion at a firework manufacturing and retail unit in a village in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu
on Thursday afternoon.
Police said the fireworks manufacturing and retail unit was functioning in a village near Capper Hills in the district.
Five people were involved in manufacturing fireworks in a godown behind the retail sales unit on Thursday. Two people reached the retail unit to buy fireworks.
An accidental explosion occurred in godown. The entire unit, including the godown, manufacturing arena and retail shop, were destroyed in the impact.
Three people, including two women, were charred to death on the spot while two others, who sustained severe burn injuries, were rushed to Cuddalore Government General Hospital.
The condition of one of the injured was said to be critical.
Chief minister M K Stalin condoled the deaths of the people in the explosion and announced a solatium of Rs 3 lakh each to the families of the deceased. He directed healthcare authorities to extend the best possible treatment to the injured.