In Picture: Aftermath of the Dombivli chemical factory blast

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A blast was reported at a chemical factory at MIDC Dombivli on Thursday

On Thursday morning around 11:45 am, a blast in the boiler room of a chemical factory in Dombivli led to the death of 6 and left over 150 injured.

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Those injured were rushed to a nearby hospital
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Over 150 casualties were reported

The explosion triggered a blaze in the chemical manufacturing unit of Herbert Brown Pharmaceutical & Research Laboratories at Shivaji Udyog Nagar of MIDC phase-II area in Dombivli (East).

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The entire area engulfed in smoke

The intensity of the blast was such that window panes in several adjoining buildings were shattered. It is estimated that buildings located within a 3 km radius were affected.

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Shattered glass door of a nearby Kotak Mahindra bank branch
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Windowpanes of buildings in a 3 km radius were shattered

Over a dozen fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the flames. The fire was brought under control by late afternoon.

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Over a dozen fire tenders were rushed to the spot

In the meanwhile, police have registered a case against the company management and CM Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a probe into the incident. He has also assured that the State government will bear the expenses for their medical treatment of those injured in the blast.

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CM Devendra Fadnavis visited the spot

Chemical factories in Dombivli are likely to be shut down for a week so authorities can carry out inspection and ascertain if further safety measures need to be put in place.

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Aftermath of the blast
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As a result of the blast, roofs of the nearby buildings and settlements collapsed
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