12 killed, 50 injured as chemical factory blast in western India

An official at Shirpur’s sub-district hospital in Dhule district said that 12 people had died in the explosion.

“There are around 37 injured admitted here and we have transferred another 12 patients,’’ D.N. Wagh told Reuters.

The first explosion at the factory took place around 9.30 a.m. (0400 GMT), Police Officer, Sanjay Ahire, said.

Videos from the incident on local news channels showed thick black smoke billowing out of the factory.

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