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Friday, September 28, 2012

another fire accident at Sivakasi - 3 feared dead


Sad there is more of loss of life as fire accident is ravaging the beautiful Sivakasi.

Sivakasi, in Virudhunagar District of Tamilnadu is the undisputed capital of India’s firecracker industry with about 8,000 factories, big and small, producing 90 percent of the total fireworks output.  Hailed as ‘kutti Japan’ – this place is also known for litho printing press and calendars.  

Firstpost reports that 3 persons were today charred to death and an equal number suffered burns in a fire mishap at an illegal cottage fireworks unit, barely three weeks after a devastating blaze in a cracker unit claimed 39 lives.  The mishap occurred at a cracker manufacturing unit in Vijayakarisalkulam near here, police said.

As one would sadly recall,  on 5th of Sept. 12 a major fire in a cracker unit at Mudhalipatti near Sivakasi, the country’s fireworks hub, claimed 39 lives.  The victims were largely villagers, curious onlookers -  from nearby places, who rushed to the site on hearing of the accident.   The first explosion at the unit, one of the biggest in the region, was reported at 12.20 p.m. Villagers of Mudalipatti and workers of a nearby blue metal crusher unit rushed to the spot. A small posse of police tried to prevent the villagers from entering “Unexpectedly, there was a huge explosion around 1 p.m. and the debris that flew across a wide distance injuring many and killing some.  Many of the working sheds were damaged as a strong gust of wind fanned the fire. The injured, who were rescued by the villagers, were rushed to the government hospitals.

Later an enquiry was ordered into the incident and Police reportedly arrested 11 employees of the  fireworks factory.

Sad that norms are not followed and lives of humans are not considered of any value

With sadness – S. Sampathkumar.
28th Sept. 2012

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