March, 2015

This is a repeating event

201529MarAll DayVISAKHAPATNAM FIRECRACKER EXPLOSION 2015Firecrackers, Visakhapatnam (IN)Lessons:Asset integrity,Audits & Reviews,Commitment & Culture,Competency,Compliance with Standards,Contractor Management,Control of Work,Incident Investigation,Management of Change,Operating Procedures,Operational Integrity,Operational Readiness,Performance Indicators,Process Knowledge,Risk Assessment,Workforce InvolvementIndustry:ExplosivesCountry:IndiaLanguage:ENLoC:Confined explosion Origin: MKOPSC Incident:Explosive decompositionHazards:ExplosiveImpact:HUMAN (On Site Fatalities)Effects:1-10 FatalitiesMaterial:Firecrackers/Fireworks


A major explosion in a firecracker unit occurred. The unit was run illegally by the owner who was later taken under custody. Explosions in firecracker units have been a prevalent problem in the state of Seemandhra, India which needs to be addressed.

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MKOPSCMary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center