Pics: Blast at chemical factory in Thane kills 3; 20 injured

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Thane, May 26: A boiler blast at a chemical factory in Dombivali (East) in Thane district of Maharashtra claimed lives of three workers and left at least 20 injured on Thursday.

According to reports, eight fire tenders and rescue teams reached the spot immediately. The blast ripped through a boiler in the Herbert Brown-Acharya Pharma chemical company in Phase II of MIDC, on the outskirts of the city. 

Maharashtra: Blast at chemical factory kills 3; 20 injured

At least three workers were killed and several more injured in a suspected boiler blast in a private company in the MIDC industrial complex in Dombivli city here on Thursday morning, police said.

Maharashtra: Blast at chemical factory kills 3; 20 injured

The blast ripped through a boiler in the Herbert Brown-Acharya Pharma chemical company in Phase II of MIDC, on the outskirts of the city.

Maharashtra: Blast at chemical factory kills 3; 20 injured

The blast impact, which was described like a 'bomb explosion' by some witnesses, was heard in an area of four-five km, and shattered the glass windows of several buildings and complexes in the vicinity, besides disrupting mobile communication services.

Maharashtra: Blast at chemical factory kills 3; 20 injured

Fire-tenders and water tankers were rushed to the spot to tackle the emergency.

3 killed in Maharashtra factory blast

The cause of the blast is being ascertained.

Huge smoke was billowing out of the of the Acharya Chemicals factory in MIDC area in Dombivali (East). The impact of the blast was so powerful that the entire building of the factory collapsed.

The blast impact, which was described like a 'bomb explosion' by some witnesses, was heard in an area of four-five km, and shattered the glass windows of several buildings and complexes in the vicinity, besides disrupting mobile communication services.

Water tankers were also rushed to the spot to tackle the emergency. The cause of the blast is being ascertained.

While reacting on the incident, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that he spoke to police officials and local authorities and asked them to speed up the relief operations.

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