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Blast in chemical plant near Mumbai kills four

The blast happened at the chemical plant of Probace Enterprises and completely destroyed the building

Mumbai: Four persons were killed and around 85 injured in a major blast at a chemical plant in Dombivali, around 41km from Mumbai, on Thursday morning.

The blast happened at the chemical plant of Probace Enterprises and completely destroyed the building. The adjoining Herbert Brown plant also suffered heavy damages. The blast was so powerful that it also damaged nearby factories and shattered window panes in residential apartments in the locality, said an MIDC official requesting anonymity.

“There are many chemical factories on this part of MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation) estate. We will investigate if the plant was following the safety protocol that the MIDC has mandated. Electricity supply to the entire estate has been cut off," said the MIDC official. Calls made to the Acharya Group’s administrative office in Dombivali went unanswered. s

Residents in nearby localities were evacuated to safer locations after smoke from the blast spread.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted that he was saddened by the unfortunate incident and was constantly in touch with police and relief officials.

The Dombivali industrial estate developed by MIDC in 1964 has around 900 industrial units in two phases. The estate also has a residential zone.

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