Two workers were killed while another was seriously injured when a tank blew up at a factory of detergent giant Nirma at Bhavnagar on Friday morning, police said.
The mishap took place when the workers were moving a tank containing Light Diesel Oil (LDO), said sub-inspector, RN Dave, of Velavadar-Bhal police station.
The factory is located in Kala Talav area on the outskirts of the city.
The deceased were identified as Shambhu Kumar and Akhilesh. Umesh Kumar -- who was injured -- was rushed to a hospital.
“After moving the tank containing LDO, two workers climbed on top of it to do some inspection. Suddenly the top portion of the tank blew off, killing both of them and injuring another worker who was standing nearby,” Dave said.
“We have not figured out the exact reason for the explosion. It may have occurred due to generation of gas inside the tank. It is also possible that one of the labourers lit a cigarette near the tank,” the police officer said, adding that a case of accidental death was being registered.