At least 6 killed in blast at chemical factory near Mumbai

The company manufactures Ammonium Nitrate and the blast was heard 25 kms in the vicinity of Palghar and Dahanu villages.

At least 6 killed in blast at chemical factory near Mumbai
The scene from the accident site. (HT photo)

SIX people have been killed and at least 6 injured in an explosion at a chemical factory in Maharashtra's Palghar, around 100 kilometers from Mumbai. The police and the fire service officials have reached the spot and have launched a search and rescue operation.

"Nine people have died. The fire has been brought under control," a senior police officer said.

The under-construction plant that belongs to a company called Ank Pharma is located at Kolwade village of Boisar and comes under a Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) project.

The explosion, which took place around 7:20 pm, was so intense that it was heard as far as 25 kilometers away and shattered windows of some houses, police spokesperson Hemant Katkar told news agency PTI.

The cause of the explosion is not yet known.