injured have been admitted to Apollo Hospital, Chennai.
blast occurred when a test propellant segment caught
fire while being prepared for transportation after curing.
The solid propellant is hydroxyl terminated poly butadiene
(HTPB) which powers India's space missions.
blast also damaged the building in which the operations
were being carried out.
to Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) operations
are on to rescue the others. Emergency action has been
taken to approach the building and clear the debris
to reach the people inside. A high level committee has
been constituted to look into the matter.
is one of the biggest facilities in the world. Commissioned
in 1977, the facility is spread over 25 sq.km.
Madhavan Nair, chairman, ISRO, has rushed to Sriharikota
to personally supervise the operations. According to
him, the accident will not impact ISRO's launch plans.