A massive explosion at an explosive manufacturing facility in Sinnar located 201 kms North of Mumbai flattened a three storeyed building
killing at least 16 workers.
The blast occurred at the five month old manufacturing unit of Secunderabad based Premier Explosives Ltd at 1 O'clock on Saturday
morning. Officials say that there were 21 people inside the factory premises at the time of the explosion.
"Till now we have been able to recover three dead bodies, while five people have been admitted in the hospital. We are still searching the
debris for the remaining 13 people who were in the building at the time of the explosion," Nasik city collector S Chockalingam said.
However, officials admitted that due to the intensity of the blast it was impossible to find any survivors. Rescue teams were still scouring the sight looking out for survivors. The intensity of the blast was such that the seismologist noted a reading of 2.2 on the richter scale due to the explosion.
The Secunderabad based Premier Explosives Limited is a Rs 60 crore manufacturing unit catering to an entire range of explosives and accessories in India.
The company's newly opened unit in Sinnar manufactured Class II industrial explosives used for blasting.
"Prima facie the explosion could have been due to human negligence or some machinery problem. However at this point of time it is not
possible to pinpoint the reason for the blast," Nasik rural SP Nikhil Gupta said. Meanwhile the Chief Controller of Explosives and
Industrial Safety Department is carrying out an investigation in the blast.
Meanwhile one of the survivors of the blast Ramesh Matta said that he was called back to the factory to sort out some technical problem. "I
had left the factory when I was called back to rectify some problem in the factory. The explosion occurred when I was climbing the stairs. I
don't recollect anything after that," said Matta who has been admitted to a private hospital in Nasik.
The districts guardian minister Chaggan Bhujbal has announced a compensation of Rs one lakh to the immediate relatives of the deceased.
Meanwhile none of the officials from the Secunderabad based Premier Explosives Ltd were available for comments on the blast.