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At least five workers were killed and over 100 others injured in a huge explosion at an industrial unit today in Dombivili.

The incident took place in the chemical manufacturing unit of Herbert Brown Pharmaceutical and Research Laboratories at Shivaji Udyog Nagar of MIDC phase-II area in Dombivili (East), a unit of the Acharya Chemicals.

The intensity of the blast was so high that window panes in adjoining buildings were shattered and shocked people were seen running helter-skelter.

The injured were rushed to various hospitals in Thane, Dombivli and Kalyan. NDRF personnel were also involved in the rescue operation, along with fire brigade and police.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who visited the spot expressed grief at the mishap while Industries Minister Subhash Desai and Guardian Minister for the district Eknath Shinde visited the site along with Kalyankar.

Terming the incident as unfortunate, Fadnavis said he has asked the police and local authorities to speed up the operations.

“Saddened to know about the unfortunate & tragic incident that took place at Dombivali,” Fadnavis tweeted.

“Spoke to police officials & local authorities and asked them to speed up the relief operations,” he said.

Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde said all efforts were being made to expedite the rescue operation and ensure proper medical care to the injured persons.

He said the cause of the explosion would be probed.

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