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Tamil Nadu-11 Dead, 36 Injured in explosion at firecracker factory

An officer from the local fire department told media: "Friction during mixing of chemicals appears to have caused the explosion".

CHENNAI- At least eleven people have died and 36 injured in an explosion at a firecracker factory in Tamil Nadu’s Virudhunagar district, around 500 kilometres from Chennai. The explosion took place at around 1.30 pm today.

“Fire at a firecracker factory in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu is saddening. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those injured recover soon. Authorities are working on the ground to assist those affected,”  tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Fire at a firecracker factory in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu is saddening. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families.

An officer from the local fire department told media: “Friction during mixing of chemicals appears to have caused the explosion”.

Ten fire-fighting units from various locations were rushed to the spot to douse the fire, news agency PTI reported.

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