17 Dec 2023

Maharashtra: Blast at Nagpur Solar Industries Plant Claims 9 Lives

A fatal explosion occurred on Sunday at an explosives manufacturing facility in Maharashtra's Nagpur district, resulting in the death of nine individuals and causing serious injuries to three others, according to the police.

The blast occurred at 9 am within a cast booster unit of Solar Industries in the Bazaargaon area, as stated by a senior police official. The incident caused significant damage to the building, situated 40 km from Nagpur, where 12 workers were present at the time of the explosion, according to an official at Kondhali police station.

Maharashtra's Deputy Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, expressed condolences and described the incident as unfortunate in a post on social media. He announced that the state government would provide a financial ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the families of the deceased, a decision approved by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

Fadnavis provided details about the victims, mentioning that nine individuals, including six women, lost their lives in the blast at Solar Industries—a company involved in manufacturing drones and explosives for the armed forces.

Solar Industries' senior general manager, Ashish Shrivastav, informed reporters that the explosion occurred in the building where boosters used in coal mines are produced. The incident took place during the sealing work of the product.

The deceased individuals were identified as Yuvraj Charode, Omeshwar Macchirke, Mita Uikey, Aarti Sahare, Swetali Marbate, Pushpa Manapure, Bhagyashree Lonare, Rumita Uikey, and Mausam Patle. The injured workers were immediately transported to the hospital, and their condition is reported to be critical.

Authorities, including the police, administration personnel, and management staff, are present at the site. An investigation into the cause of the explosion is underway, with a focus on assessing the extent of damage and ensuring the safety of the surrounding areas, as stated by Superintendent of Police Harsh Poddar.

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