Blast at Indian firecracker factory kills 11, dozens injured

Blast at Indian firecracker factory kills 11, dozens injured
# 06 February 2024 21:04 (UTC +04:00)

At least 11 people were killed and dozens injured on Tuesday after a blast ripped through a firecracker factory in central India's Madhya Pradesh state at midday, APA reports citing Reuters.

Television footage showed a towering blaze and smoke billowing from the factory in the Harda district after the explosion, as fire engines rushed in and rescue officials tried to extricate people who were trapped inside.

At least 174 people were rescued and rushed to hospitals, divisional commissioner Pawan Kumar Sharma told the ANI news agency, adding there were 11 deaths.

"We will check the debris to see if there are any bodies there ... 40-50% of the debris has been removed," he said.

Police and district officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment, saying rescue efforts were ongoing.

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