An explosion at an Indian pyrotechnics manufacturing facility has killed a minimum of 16 folks

Police said that the number of victims could be even higher because several injured are in critical condition.

The explosion that happened yesterday in the Virudhunagar district is one of the most serious incidents of that type in recent years in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

At the time of the explosion, there were 74 people in the factory, and many of the injured have severe burns.

According to media information, the factory does not have an official work permit, and the police announced that they have opened an investigation into the causes of the accident.

The plant is operating with the necessary permits, and an investigation is underway to investigate the cause of the accident and examine whether the factory used permitted explosives and materials, and according to the first results announced by the police, it seems that mixing chemicals caused the explosion, according to the Times of India.

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