At least five workers were charred to death and two others sustained 100% burns after a massive explosion occurred at a cracker factory Mughal Majra village, about 12 kms, on Monday evening.
Two persons including a minor also sustained minor injuries in the explosion.
Four persons, including two women were brought dead at Trauma Center while a worker died at a private hospital.
Two workers with full body burns were rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh for treatment from the private hospital.
Victims’ names were yet to be confirmed.
Fire fighting team took more than an hour to control the fire and the senior officials including the superintendent of police Rakesh Arya, ADC, SDM reached to take stock of the situation.
The factory is located at an isolated place and no name was seen at the entrance. The spacious walled compound had a makeshift space for manufacturing crackers.
Meanwhile, the deputy commissioner Neelam P Kasni confirmed to Hindustan Times that the administration could neither identify nor establish any contact the factory owner till late Monday night.
“Due to festival of janamshatmi there was a little scope that several more workers were present in the factory at that time. However a team of policemen is at the spot to search if more workers are trapped under the debris,” she said.
She said that full inquiry would be conducted to ascertain cause of blast, functioning of the cracker factory, safety features etc.
Kasni who was at Nabipur village, located about 6 kms from the factory, to inspect Yamuna river embankments with the entire team of senior district officials heard the explosion.
“It was a deafening noise and it took sometime to realize that it was a blast. In fact villagers told us that a cracker factory is functional at Mughal Majra village and the additional DC and the SDM who were accompanying with me were rushed immediately to the spot,” she said.