Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 02:40 PM
The fire accident at Vakatippa in East Godavari district, in which 18 persons were killed, has put the government of Andhra Pradesh on high alert. Cracking the whip, Home minister Chinna Rajappa has ordered vigilance officials to intensify raids on firecracker manufacturing units in the state. He has threatened to take severe action against unauthorized units and units failing to meet the standards. It is learnt that the license, granted to the firecracker unit Manikanta fireworks in which explosion took place, had expired on March 31 and has not been renewed.