Khurda:19/8/17: At least four persons, all from a family, died following explosion in the illegal fire cracker manufacturing unit at their house in Seiko village in khurda district.
The blast was so severe that the bodies of the deceased persons have been ripped apart. The house where the unit operated was smashed up following the explosion.
The toll may go up. Fire brigade personnel are on the job to rescue people feared to be trapped under debris, police said.
The unit was manufacturing crackers unlawfully as it was bereft of mandatory license to operate. The explosive chemical substances stored inside the house suddenly went off. The bodies are badly mutilated beyond recognition, said police officials.
A case under section 9 (B) Indian Explosive Act, section 34 Explosive Substances act and Indian Penal Code section 304 (a) has been registered, police said.
The tragedy has brought to the fore the disturbing trend of clandestine operation of fire cracker units across the district.
In order to escape the arm of law, these units work surreptitiously and do not observe safety norms, which jeopardize the lives of those working there.
Illegal units manufacturing firecrackers thrive in large numbers in various parts of Khurda district.