Blaze kills 15 workers in fireworks factory in India’s Madhya Pradesh state, say police

Published: May 3, 2014

Volunteers and hospital workers shift a badly burned victim into a hospital following a fireworks factory fire in Ujjain, India’s Madhya Pradesh state, on May 3, 2014. A massive blaze broke out in a firecracker factory Saturday in central India, killing at least 15 people, local media said. AFP PHOTO/STRSTRDEL/AFP/Getty Images

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW DELHI — A blaze in a fireworks factory in central India on Saturday killed 15 workers and seriously burned another four, police said.

The workers were making firecrackers when the fire started, police officer Kishore Gurjar said. It was doused and all the workers were accounted for.

The four workers who were injured suffered burns over 70 to 90 per cent of their bodies and were battling for their lives in a hospital, Gurjar said.

Gurjar said the cause of the fire was not immediately known and was being investigated. The factory is near Ujjain, a town in Madhya Pradesh state about 775 kilometres (480 miles) southwest of New Delhi.

India has a huge demand for firecrackers, which are used in religious festivals and weddings. Fires are common in the factories in the absence of proper safety standards.

11:29ET 03-05-14

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