Series of Blasts at Jabalpur Ordnance Factory
Series of high intensity explosions occurred at Jabalpur ordnance factory in Bhopal on Saturday evening that triggered a massive fire.
According to local police sources in Jabalpur, the first explosion took place at 6:24 pm. Around 150 explosions took place within a span of an hour and half.
While the state police officials did not disclose the number of injured, unconfirmed reports from Jabalpur said more than 6 persons could have been injured in the blasts and fire in the F3 section of the factory.
Nearly 50 fire tenders were pressed into action to extinguish the fire in Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK). Army personnel arrived at the spot and began carrying out search operation while access to the factory has been restricted. Senior officials including Jabapur collector Mahesh Chaudhary and SP Mahendra Singh Sikarwar were present at the spot.
The cause of blasts is still uncertain but slipping of a bomb during pre-dispatch process in the Building 324 could have caused explosions and the resultant fire.
OFK was established in 1942 and is country’s premier ammunition manufacturing organization under the defence ministry, spread in 50 acres area.