6 killed in cracker factory blast near Mannargudi

In a ghastly mishap, six persons were killed in a massive blast at a cracker manufacturing unit near Mannargudi this morning. According to reports, the factory belonged to Singaravelan and the accident took place when they were preparing country crackers (nattu vedigundu). The incident has come close on the heels of death of six persons including three from the same family and a passerby by inhaling poisonous gases from a septic tank in Sriperumbudur in the outskirts of Chennai.

Krishnamoorthy (55), his wife and two sons Kannan (28) and Karthik (26) lived in Nemili Selvaperumal Nagar in Sriperumbudur. While the family lived on one of the floors, Krishnamoorthy had let the other portions in the building to other families for rent. Since this part of Sriperumbudur is yet to get underground drainage system, it was routine for Krishnamoorthy to make sure that the septic tank in his building was emptied at least once in few days. It was going to be no different this time either.

After the tanker had left suctioning the sewage, Krishnamoorthy reportedly spotted a small area inside the tank which required further cleaning and hence he got inside the tank to do it himself. As Kannan and Karthik watched, Krishnamoorthy fell unconscious within the tank. Karthik rushed inside the tank to get his father wake up, but also fainted inside the tank. Kannan, hoping to revive his brother and father, jumped into the tank only to faint in it.

The police along with the fire and rescue services personnel rushed to the spot, removed the bodies and closed the lid of  the tank. The bodies were shifted to Sriperumbudur government hospital.