October, 2014

This is a repeating event

201420OctAll DayANDHRA FIRECRACKER EXPLOSION 2014Andhra, Vakatippa (IN)Lessons:Audits & Reviews,Commitment & Culture,Competency,Compliance with Standards,Control of Work,Operating Procedures,Operational Integrity,Process Knowledge,Risk AssessmentIndustry:ExplosivesCountry:IndiaLanguage:ENLoC:Confined explosion Origin: MKOPSC Incident:Explosive decompositionHazards:ExplosiveImpact:HUMAN (Offsite Fatalities)Effects:11 - 100 FatalitiesMaterial:Firecrackers/Fireworks


There was an explosion in the firecracker production unit. 24 workers were on the premises out of which 17 were killed. The unit had applied for its license renewal around the time this incident occurred. Chief Minister of the state announced ~3000 USD to each victim’s family as compensation for loss

Source: A web-based collection and analysis of process safety incidents (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0950423016302285)
Image Credit: K.N. Murali Sankar


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