India: Fireworks factory explosion leaves 4 dead (named), 18 injured (inc 2 children). Factory owner arrested – 170513 0930z

Three people, including a woman, were killed on the spot and 19 others, including a child, sustained injuries in an explosion at Meenakshi Fireworks at Kichanayakkanpatti in Sivakasi taluk on Wednesday.

The accident occurred around 9am when the workers were busy manufacturing fireworks at the small unit. S G Rangan, Revenue Divisional Officer of Sivakasi, who inspected the accident site said that the unit was involved in production of small fireworks, mostly light-emitting ones. “The initial investigation reveals that the workers were involved in sieving the chemical mixer and one of them apparently dropped the sieve, triggering the explosion. Three died on the spot,” he said.
Friday, 17 May, 2013 at 04:36 (04:36 AM) UTC RSOE

Three people, including a woman, died and 19 others, including a toddler, were injured in an explosion at Meenakshi Fireworks in Kichanayakkanpatti near Sivakasi on Wednesday.

The explosion took place at Meenakshi Fireworks Unit when the workers were engaged in mixing chemicals for preparing crackers when the accident happened.

G. Mariappan (65) and Chella Karuppayee were killed on the spot. S.Paramasivam (55) of Thulukkapatti died a few hours after he was admitted to Government Hospital.

Sivakasi revenue divisional officer S G Rangan, who inspected the accident site, said the unit was involved in production of small fireworks, mostly light emitting ones.”- chennaivision.com

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Three dead in blast at unit near Sivakasi

“Three people, including a woman, died and 19 others, including a toddler, were injured in an explosion at Meenakshi Fireworks in Kichanayakkanpatti near Sivakasi on Wednesday. The explosion occurred at 9am when the workers had just begun work. It was a small unit licensed by the district revenue officer. The victims were identified as Paramasivam, 58, Mariappan, 65, and Chellakarupayi, 25.

Sivakasi revenue divisional officer S G Rangan, who inspected the accident site, said the unit was involved in production of small fireworks, mostly light emitting ones. “Initial investigation has revealed that the workers were sieving the chemical mixture and one of them apparently dropped the sieve, which triggered the explosion,” he said.

It took hours for the fire department to control the blaze and carry out rescue operations. One of the processing rooms was completely damaged while three more rooms and a shed suffered damage, the Maraneri police said. The injured were rushed to Sivakasi Government Hospital where they were treated for burn injuries. M Kathiresan, joint director of Health Services, said off the 19 injured one Mariswaran is critically-injured with more than 95% burn injuries.

“Others are safe and responding well to treatment,” he said. Among the injured, three are minors. They include one-and-half-year-old T Manojkumar, while Mariswaran, the critically-injured, was 11- years-old. Another boy Arunpandi, 13, was also among the injured. Maraneri police have booked cases against the factory owner, Karupiah from Pudutheru, Sivakasi, and three others.

Among them, factory manager S Ponraj, 45, from Vilampatti was arrested by the police, while three of them, Karupiah, his partner Murugan and foremen Muniandi, are still absconding, police said.” – chennaipatrika.com

Child labour still alive in cracker town

17th May 2013 08:38 AM

“The death of an 11-year-old boy, who was injured in an explosion at Meenakshi Fireworks at Chithanayakanpatti near Sivakasi on Wednesday, has not only raised the toll in the tragedy to four but also turned the spotlight back on the use of child labourers in such units. S Mariswaran died in the early hours of Thursday at Sivakasi Government Hospital.

The blast, which was believed to have been caused by mishandling of chemicals, also left 20 workers injured. Mariswaran and Arunpandi (13) were both employed with the fireworks unit. District Child Protection Officer of the Tamil Nadu Child Rights Consortium P Rajagopal said, Most people think that child labour in fireworks factories has been eradicated but it still prevails as children tend to join these units during the school holidays in a bid to support their families as they get paid up to `100 for a days work. He said that area residents claimed that more children were to join work at the unit before the blast occurred.

Rajagopal explained that as it was the summer holidays, many children would work in printing, matchstick and fireworks units in the town as the wages help pay school fees and buy books.

Rajagopal alleged that there were many cracker units in Sivakasi that had not been inspected even once and called on officials to fix a target of visiting at least 75 per cent of these units.

Three Held for Blast

Meanwhile on Thursday, three people, including the owner of Meenakshi Fireworks, were arrested. Owner Karuppiah, manager Ponraj and foreman Muniandi were arrested while police were searching for Murugan, a partner in the unit.” – newindianexpress.com

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