Virudhunagar: The foreman of a fireworks factory was killed on the spot in a cracker explosion while filling chemicals at Kitchanayakanpatti near Sivakasi, 30 km from here last evening.
Police said the foreman was packing chemicals for a `rocket` on a trial basis when the cracker exploded, setting it ablaze and razing the room to the ground, they said.
Fire service personnel rushed to the spot and doused the flames. Other sheds were not affected as they were situated some distance away, police said.
Besides many workers did not report for work as there was a temple festival in the village, they said.