6 killed in blast at chemical factory near Mumbai
The Boisar MIDC Fire Brigade as well as Palghar civic,Tarapur Atomic Power Station fire brigade are at the spot controlling the fire.Updated: Jan 11, 2020 23:19 IST
Six people were killed in a blast at a chemical factory in Tarapur chemical zone near Mumbai late on Saturday evening.
At least 6 people were seriously injured. The production in the unit was going on at the time of the incident.
Laxman Rathod, Deputy Executive Engineer, MSEDCL, Boisar, said: “We received a call at around 1900 hrs,after an Aluminium sheet of the said company fell on the transformer in the Kolwade 11 KV(Kilo Volt) feeder in the area and as a result there was power tripping in the transformer located near the unit.
“The power was automatically shut and so as a safety measure we also switched off the power supply of the N Zone feeder and as a result around 200 units have no power.”
The Boisar MIDC Fire Brigade as well as Palghar civic,Tarapur Atomic Power Station fire brigade are at the spot controlling the fire, said Rathod.
Those injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals, said the official.
The company is said to be 20-years-old but was shut down for 12 years in between before it was renovated and fitted with a new reactor and autoclave. An autoclave is a machine that uses steam to sterilize equipment and other objects.Sources say the blast occurred due to high pressure built up.
The company manufactures Ammonium Nitrate and the blast was heard 25 kms in the vicinity of Palghar and Dahanu villages.