At least eleven people have died and 36 injured after an explosion at a private firecracker factory in Tamil Nadu's Virudhunagar, around 500 kilometres from Chennai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the blast.
"Fire at a firecracker factory in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu is saddening. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those injured recover soon. Authorities are working on the ground to assist those affected," he tweeted.
The explosion took place at around 1.30 pm today while some chemicals were being mixed to produce firecrackers, police said.
Ten fire-fighting units from various locations were rushed to the spot to douse the fire in the factory, news agency PTI reported.