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PATNA (Bihar)

At least 6 labourers were killed and more than a dozen were injured after a boiler exploded in a noodle-making factory in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, officials said on Sunday.

They said rescue operations were underway even as further details on the accident are awaited. The death toll is expected to rise.

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Identities of people who died in the accident are yet to be ascertained. It is not known how many people were working at the factory at the time of the accident.

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The explosion was so strong that it was heard 5-km away from the site of the blast. At least 5 fire brigades were rushed to extinguish the flames. Adjacent establishments were also damaged in the explosion. Those living in the vicinity said they heard a loud thud when the explosion jolted the factory.

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The exact cause of the incident could not be known immediately. Meanwhile, the factory gates have been closed.