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Seven killed after fireworks factory catches fire in central India

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Seven killed after fireworks factory catches fire in central India

2011-10-07 09:12:05 GMT+7 (ICT)

NEW DELHI (BNO NEWS) -- At least seven people were killed on Thursday when a large fire broke out at a fireworks factory in central India, police said.

The blaze gutted the factory as well as four adjacent houses in the suburb of Rau in Indore district, located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Seven people died after suffering severe burn injuries while five others who were critically injured were rushed to a nearby hospital in Indore, the Press Trust of India reported.

According to eyewitnesses, a loud blast was heard from the factory after which crackers were seen shooting in all directions. Within minutes, four houses adjoining the factory caught fire.

Police are currently investigating the accident. Fireworks factories in India often operate illegally and do not follow safety regulations.

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