A massive explosion took place in the firecracker factory of Bairagarh village in Harda district, Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday noon in which 70 are injured and a few are trapped as per the latest updates. The death toll has risen to eight.
Felt a jolt like an earthquake, said people who witnessed the blast near the firecracker factory. The intensity of the explosion can be scaled by the impact it caused on the nearby shops where eyewitnesses saw their glass windows breaking and falling like an unprecedented disaster. Tremor-like effects were felt across areas in the 13-kilometer radius of the factory.
A worker who managed to escape the fire said that there were 150 workers in the factory when the blast took place.
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The injured have been taken to the nearby hospital for treatment and trapped workers are being evacuated under the operation initiated by the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).
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There have been a series of blasts in the factory following the first explosion. Five teams of fire stations have reached the spot for rescue and relief.
The deadly flames seem to be engulfing the factory as explosions continue one after one. The primary objective of the fire brigade is to control the fire after which trapped workers can be rescued. Chief Minister Mohan Yadav has called an emergency meeting to discuss the ongoing situation, operations, and all the possible means and methods to limit the disaster.
#WATCH | Madhya Pradesh minister Uday Pratap Singh conducts an aerial survey of the firecracker factory in Harda, Madhya Pradesh where a massive explosion took place today.
Firefighting operation is underway at the factory. pic.twitter.com/496XoKjjle
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Transport minister Uday Pratap Singh conducted an aerial survey to inspect the explosions that continued for two hours.