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Five labourers killed in Chhattisgarh factory blast

RAIPUR: Five labourers were killed in a massive explosion inside a factory manufacturing detonating wires at a village near here in the wee hours on Friday. The explosion occurred at around 3am in Nav Bharat Fuse Factory at Urla village in Abhanpur region, around 30 km from here, Raipur Superintendent of Police OP Pal said.

The supervisor of the factory who was outside the premises at the time of the explosion escaped unhurt and later informed the police about the incident, he said. A police team reached the spot and recovered the bodies, he said.

The deceased have been identified as Komal Singh Thakur, Rekhram Sahu, Ganeesh Harvansh, Makhanlal Nirmalkar and Punauram Yadav, all natives of nearby areas, the SP said. The cause of the blast is being investigated, he said, adding that a case has been registered in this connection.

The explosion reportedly occurred at about 2 am when only five workers were present in the unit that manufactures detonating wires. All of them were killed on the spot and the entire unit, which had over 140 kg of highly explosive PETN stored in it, was raised to the ground by the impact of the explosion.

The unit where the mishap occurred is part of the sprawling 200 acres factory campus of Nav Bharat fuse, which manufactures Bulk Emulsion Explosives, marketed under the brand name of Nova Shakti, and Detonating Fuse/Cords. The explosion occurred in the detonating cords unit, where Penta Erythritol Tetra Nitrate (PETN), a highly powerful explosive, is used to coat the fuse.

According eyewitnesses the deafening explosion, which was like a massive bomb blast, was heard several kilometres away from the factory premises. The explosion was followed by a raging fire, which gutted everything in the unit. Luckily the fire and the explosion did not impact other units/buildings on the premises, including the store where stocks of explosives were kept.

The workers did not have any chance of escape. They were instantly killed, said a police officer. While there was no comment from the factory’s management, villagers revealed that two other persons, including the factory supervisor, were also on duty. However, they survived the incident, as they were not present inside the unit when the explosion occurred.