Two explosives factories explode in India

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Two explosives factories in the town of Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh, India exploded reducing the buildings to fragments on Sunday evening.

Madhya Pradesh, India
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"The explosions were so severe that both the factories were reduced to rubble under which 30 people were feared dead," police said. Another 100 have been injured as a result of the blasts.

The Ideal Explosives industries sustained an explosion at about 6:30 p.m. local time. The Rajasthan Explosives Private Limited next door soon followed.

The exact cause of the first blast is unknown. It is reported that ammonium nitrate gas had been leaking from the accident site.

There are several factories situated in the Bairhan Industrial Area. The factories manufactured explosives for use in the local coal fields.