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Blaze at India fireworks factory kills at least 40

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People run for cover as smoke rises from the site of a fire at a fireworks factory on the outskirts of Sivakasi, India on Sept. 5, 2012.

Updated at 11.55 a.m. ET — Police in southern India arrested 11 employees of a fireworks factory on Thursday, a day after a massive blaze at the facility killed 40 workers and injured 60 others, The Associated Press reports.

The arrests came as grieving relatives cremated the charred bodies of their loved ones, who died Wednesday when the fire blew up large amounts of firecrackers and raw materials stored at the factory. Continue reading.

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Family members mourn victims in Sivakasi on Sept. 5, 2012.

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Burnt cartridges of firecrackers lie scattered with empty boxes at the Om Siva Shakti fireworks factory on Sept. 6, 2012.

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A survivor lies in hospital on Sept. 5, 2012.

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