At least 16 workers, 11 of them women, were charred to death and six others injured when a blast Monday rocked a firecrackers unit in Andhra Pradesh.
The fire, which triggered several explosions, destroyed the building. A burning cigarette is suspected to have led to the fire. The incident throws light on the harsh working conditions in the various firecrackers unit across the country.
Firecrackers are always in great demand ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, which will be celebrated across the country on October 23.Let’s take a look at the love and labour involved in manufacturing the firecrackers.
An Indian worker cleans raw material used to make firecrackers at a workshop on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on September 29, 2014. Cottage-industry workers are preparing fireworks ahead of the forthcoming Hindu festival Diwali, despite being hampered by heavy rains in parts of the state of Gujarat. Situated in a field, this workshop adheres to government safety guidelines including the implementation of a no-smoking zone.