Explosion at Cement Factory Kills 2, Injures 14

As many as 20 workers were present in the boiler unit when the mishap occurred.

Kristen Kazarian, Managing Editor

July 8, 2024

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Cement factory explosion
There is a question on if it was really an explosion or if hot material falling floor to floor was the cause of injuries.Aleksandr Uglov/iStock/Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

An explosion at a cement factory in Andhra Pradesh, India, on Sunday has killed one and injured 16 more.

It occurred at the Ultra Tech cement factory at Bodavada near Jaggaiahpet when a boiler exploded, said NDTV news.

Thick smoke could be seen after the boiler unit exploded.

According to Jaggaiahpet police, a preliminary inquiry from factory management revealed that the explosion might have occurred due to a suspected gas leak in the boiler unit. The leak was caused by pressure in the pipeline supplying gases to the furnace. The high pressure might have triggered the accident in the factory.

Police said the pipeline was carrying raw cement powder, which fell on the workers when the pipeline burst, resulting in severe, fatal burn injuries to two workers, the Deccan Chronicle stated.

The injured workers were sent to two area hospitals. Two of them succumbed while undergoing treatment. The condition of three of the injured is said to be critical.

District Collector G. Srijana said an inquiry was ordered into the incident to find out the reasons. She asked the officials to ensure the best possible treatment for the injured.

Some workers alleged that the negligence of company officials led to the tragedy.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu inquired about the incident and directed the officials to take all measures for the rescue of the affected. He also told the officials to take steps to make sure the injured get better medical care. He directed the local officials to submit a detailed report on the reasons for the incident and also take action against those responsible for the blast.

Naidu also stated ex gratia will be paid to the workers by the state government. Investigation is ongoing.

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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