BREAKING: At least five dead and dozens injured in explosion at oxygen plant in Chittagong, Bangladesh

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An explosion at an oxygen plant in the port town of Chittagong in Bangladesh left at least five people dead and dozens more injured.


According to local officials, an explosion at an oxygen plant outside the port town of Chittagong in Bangladesh has left five people dead and dozens more injured. The incident occurred at around 4:30pm local time this afternoon, Saturday, March 4.

Local police chief Tofael Ahmed said that the blast trapped ‘many workers’ inside the Sheema steel re-rolling mill. “The fire brigade has doused the fire and they rescued the people from the plant”, he detailed. The facility is located in the industrial town of Sitakund.

Speaking with the AFP news agency, Mohammad Fakhruzzaman, the district administrator confirmed that at least five people were killed in the explosion and another 25 people had suffered injuries.

“Glass in many houses was shattered. The entire area went dark”, explained Muslim Uddin who witnessed the explosion. He added that residential properties in the area actually shook from the force of the blast which he describes as: “so loud and devastating”, as reported by

An investigation has been initiated by the government to determine the cause of the incident. Sadly, this type of industrial explosion is not uncommon in the country. Factory authorities are historically known for not enforcing the relevant safety measures. Only last June, more than 50 people working at a container depot in the exact same town died as a result of a fire that caused an explosion.

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