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Blaze kills 15 inside fireworks factory in India

May 3, 2014

NEW DELHI (AP) — A blaze in a fireworks factory in central India on Saturday killed 15 workers and seriously burned another four, police said.

The workers were making firecrackers when the fire started, police officer Kishore Gurjar said. It was doused and all the workers were accounted for.

The four workers who were injured suffered burns over 70 to 90 percent of their bodies and were battling for their lives in a hospital, Gurjar said.

Gurjar said the cause of the fire was not immediately known and was being investigated. The factory is near Ujjain, a town in Madhya Pradesh state about 775 kilometers (480 miles) southwest of New Delhi.

India has a huge demand for firecrackers, which are used in religious festivals and weddings. Fires are common in the factories in the absence of proper safety standards.

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