Tirichirappalli: Ten persons were feared killed and 15 injured in a fire at an explosive-making unit at Murugapatti, about 40 km from here, today, police said.
The reason for the fire was not immediately known, the police said, adding that three fire fighting units and 10 ambulances were pressed into service.
The fire originated in one of the manufacturing wings of the factory and soon spread to other areas. The noise triggered panic among people in the surrounding areas and waves of the blast were felt even two km away from the site, forcing officials to stop traffic on Athur road, the police said.
Rescue operations were being hampered by the heavy rains, but the fire had been almost contained, the police said.
There were 15 mini-units in the factory which manufactured explosives for deepening and widening wells in the rocky belts. The licenced unit was in operation for more than 25 years, the police said.