NEW DELHI – A massive fire broke out at a firecracker factory on the northern outskirts of the Indian capital on Saturday, killing at least 17 workers, a fire official said. The official K.C. Gupta said a dozen fire trucks took three hours to put out the fire in the Bawana industrial area of New Delhi.
Gupta said that so far 17 bodies have been recovered and that an injured worker has been hospitalized. A search operation continued for any other worker trapped in the two-story structure destroyed by the fire.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
There are fatal accidents almost every year in India as people work in makeshift factories in the absence of adequate safety standards.
In June of last year, 23 workers were killed when an explosion occurred while they were producing firecrackers in Kheri village in the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India. The explosion caused a fire that engulfed the factory before the firefighters turned it off.
India has a high demand for firecrackers, which are used in religious festivals and weddings.
The factories start producing firecrackers months before the biggest Hindu festivals, people prepare them for the celebration.
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