A worker was killed and 12 injured in a powerful blast at the Punjab Chemicals and Pharamceuticals factory in Dera Bassi, near here. The deceased has been identified Sukhwinder Singh (22), a resident of Bishanpur village in Dera Bassi. Another worker, Ravi Kumar (20), is reported missing.
Some injured were taken to a hospital in Chandigarh, while some were taking treatment in Dera Bassi. A unit of the factory was completely destroyed. However, the loss was yet to be assessed.
A massive fire broke out after the blast in the factory round 11.30 am at Dabari Bazaar's Mubarikpur-Ramgarh Road. The explosion was so powerful that the glasses of nearby residential area broke. Fire brigades from nearby cities were engaged to control the fire.