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Five dead, 15 injured in plastic factory explosion in West Bengal’s Malda, India

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Five persons were killed and 15 critically injured in a blast in a plastic factory in West Bengal’s Malda district on Thursday, police said.

The incident took place in Sujapur area around 11 am, a senior police officer said.

“Four factory workers were killed and four others critically injured in the explosion that ripped the establishment apart,” he said.

A huge police contingent has been sent to the spot to bring the situation under control. Fire tenders are trying to douse the blaze and rescue survivors from beneath the debris, he said, adding an investigation is underway.

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2 killed, 6 injured in explosion at chemical factory in Maharashtra, India

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Two persons were killed and six others injured in an explosion at a chemical factory in Maharashtra’s Raigad district in the wee hours of Thursday, a police official said.

The explosion took place around 2.30 am in the factory at Dheku in Sajgaon industrial area of Khopoli town, located about 70 km from Mumbai, following which a fire broke out in the premises, he said.

Two persons including a woman died and six others were injured, the official from Khopoli police station said.

Fire brigade and police personnel rushed to the spot and launched firefighting and rescue operations, he said.

The injured were taken to a civic-run hospital in Khopoli, the official said.

Firefighting was on till early morning, he added.

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Explosion at a chemical plant linked to the nuclear project in Iran

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A large explosion following a fire of chemicals occurred today (Friday) at one of the largest petrochemical facilities in Iran. This is a petrochemical plant of the Hormusi company in Bander Mashhar, a facility whose name was previously linked to the Iranian nuclear project and was even included in the list of facilities in the list of sanctions imposed on Iran.

According to reports and videos circulated on social media, black smoke was seen rising from the scene of the explosion and large forces of firefighters arrived at the scene of the incident.

The state-run state news agency, Irena, reported that the man was under control and that there were no casualties in the blast or fire. The cause of the explosion was not reported in the media, but the possibilities range from a technical malfunction, human error or even deliberate sabotage by opposition groups in the country, which carried out several attacks on infrastructure facilities in the country during the summer.

Iran experienced a wave of mysterious explosions at key sites in the country this summer, including the ballistic missile development facility in Perchin and the uranium enrichment facility, part of the Iranian nuclear program, near the city of Natanz. Alongside these facilities, port facilities, petrochemical plants and oil pipelines in the country caught fire.

Last week, the Diaspora opposition organization “Iran’s National Resistance Council” announced that Iran had recently inaugurated a new facility for the assembly and production of nuclear warheads at a facility east of the capital Tehran.

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Russian oil tanker suffers explosion, fire in Sea of Azov

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A Russian oil tanker experienced an explosion in the Sea of Azov and an operation to rescue three of its crew members was underway Saturday, officials said.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry said the explosion on the General Azi Aslanov took place as the tanker was traveling from the port of Kavkaz to the city of Rostov-on-Don. Authorities said 10 members of the tanker’s 13-person crew havebeen rescued, while the remaining three were believed to be in the water.

The tanker has tilted and efforts to stabilize the ship were underway.

Maritime officials said the tanker wasn’t loaded explosion may have been triggered by flammable vapors left behind from the vessel’s previous cargo.

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Six injured in Prai factory explosion, Malaysia

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Six workers sustained minor injuries during an explosion in a fire which broke out at a steel factory here this afternoon.

The Prai Fire and Rescue Department was alerted to the incident about 4.28pm.

At the height of the blaze, thick black smoke could be seen even from the island.

Operation officer Azrul Khairi Abu Bakar said when they arrived at the scene, they found a fire and explosion had broke out inside the boiler house inside the three-storey steel structure.

“About 30 per cent of the boiler and steel structure went up in flames.

“Six workers, in their 40s, who helped put out the fire were slightly injured following an explosion,” he said today.

The workers were sent to hospital for treatment by the company’s officials.

Azrul Khairi said firefighters proceeded to cool the hot liquid inside the boiler.

The cause of the fire and losses are still under probe.

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Gas explosion leaves 4 dead, 1 injured in coal mine in north China’s Shanxi Province

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Four people have been confirmed dead and another injured in a gas explosion in a coal mine in north China’s Shanxi Province, according to local authorities on Tuesday.

The explosion happened in the mine owned by Lu’an Group at around 2am on Tuesday. The rescue work has ended. An investigation into the cause of the blast is under way.

The mine has an annual production capacity of 1.2 million tonnes.

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Truck and petrol tanker collide causing an explosion in Lagos, Nigeria

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A head-on collision between a 40feet container truck and a petrol tanker has resulted into an explosion on the Otedola Bridge along Lagos/Ibadan Expressway on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the accident occurred at 2am when the 40ft containerised truck, loaded with fabric, had a brake failure while moving inward Berger.

In the process, the truck collided with a tanker loaded with 33,000 litres of PMS.

The impact of the collision resulted in a fire explosion.

The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the accident.

Oke-Osanyintolu said: “On arrival at the incident scene it was discovered that a 40fit containerised truck loaded with fabric had a brake failure while moving inward Berger.

“The truck collided with a tanker loaded with 33000 litres of PMS (petrol) while the impact of the collision resulted in the fire outbreak.

“No casualty was recorded.

“However, the fire affected the 40ft containerised truck and high tension wire at the spot.”

Oke-Osanyintolu advised commuters to take the Ojota or 7UP exits until the backlog of traffic eases.

He said the Agency’s responders, LRU Fire, Lagos State Fire service, Federal Road Safety Corps and Lagos Neighbourhood Security Corps were all present at the incident scene.

The LASEMA boss said the damping down has been concluded, while the agency’s equipment would remove the vehicles from the thoroughfare.

A resident of the area, Johnson Adeoye, told NAN that the tanker lost control and rammed into a trailer with the container.

Adeoye said upon the crash, there was fire outbreak, which led to the explosion.

There have been two fire outbreaks occasioned by the explosion of tankers conveying gas in the state.

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At least 5 injured in blast, fire at Virginia strip mall, USA

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The strip mall contained a vape shop, musical instrument store and recording studio, according to the Daily News-Record. It was a “total loss,” city spokesman Michael Parks said. Damage was also reported to other structures.

Although Gov. Ralph Northam tweeted that state emergency personnel had been deployed to the area after what he called a gas explosion, Harrisonburg Fire Chief Matt Tobia told reporters the cause was under investigation.

Parks, who said the probe will likely take several days, said there’s no indication of foul play.

Harrisonburg, in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, is a city of around 50,000 that’s home to James Madison University.

The university said in a Facebook post that three students from the school’s Army ROTC program who had been participating in a 10-mile race were among those injured. The building where the blast occurred was about 30 yards (27 metres) from the race’s start and finish line, the school said.

One of the students was hospitalized but was expected to be quickly released, JMU said. Two other students were treated at the scene and released, according to the post.

The university said the other two injured people were not affiliated with JMU. The city’s update, posted on Twitter around 5:30 p.m., said they had been flown to the University of Virginia’s medical centre in serious condition and were “now stable.”

Parks said it wasn’t immediately clear if those victims were affiliated with one of the centre’s businesses.

Tobia said when crews arrived, the injured were outside of the structure.

Families who lived nearby told TV station WHSV the blast shook their homes.

“It woke me up personally and I mean, I knew right away that it was something not normal,” Katie Landes told the station. “So, I looked right outside the window that was right by me and I saw that there was the beginning of some serious smoke going on.”

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4 KILLED AND SEVERAL INJURED AS FUEL TANK EXPLODED INSIDE A BUILDING IN BEIRUT

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On Friday night, a diesel tank exploded inside a building in Beirut, and four people were killed and several others were injured.

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