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S. Rathinam (39) had escaped death by a whisker that afternoon

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On February 13, 2021

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Up to 26 people, mostly women, were killed and several injured in the explosion

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"Everything happened in a flash," recalled Rathinam

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With the state readying for Assembly elections on April 6,

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...who form the backbone of the fireworks industry