EIGHT people have been killed in a terrible explosion at a fireworks warehouse in India.
Another 12 people were burned in the blast that occurred in the town of Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu on Saturday morning.
Seven of the eight who died were identified as cracker shopkeeper Ravi, his wife Jayashree, their daughter Rithika, their son Rithish, a hotel shopkeeper named Rajeswari, and their neighbors Ibarahim and Imran.
The accident happened around 9:45 am when the fireworks stored in the warehouse began to explode one after the other. The Times of India reports.
“The fire spread to the cracker shop and other businesses, including a hotel, and surrounding houses,” said KM Sarayu, District Collector of Krishnagiri District.
She said a shop and three houses collapsed and residents were trapped under the rubble.
The exact number of people trapped has not yet been confirmed.
The fire was extinguished after hours of work by the fire brigade.
The injured were taken to hospital for treatment, local media reported.
Local investigations revealed that the fireworks display had been operational since 2020 and was regularly renovated by the owner every year.
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