Cassian Baliarsingh

At least four people were killed while four others have been left battling for their lives following a powerful firecracker explosion in a house under Bhusandapur village under Tangi police limits in Khordha district on Monday.

The incident occurred while the victims were reportedly making firecrackers inside the house ahead of the Dola Utsav. The reason behind the blast is yet to be ascertained.

On being informed, fire services personnel rushed to the spot and managed to rescue four people and rushed them to the local hospital. The house where the victims were manufacturing the firecrackers has been completely damaged in the explosion, reports said.

The health condition of the injured was stated to be critical during the filing of the last report.

When contacted, Khordha Collector K Sudarshan Chakravarthy said, “I got the information about the mishap at around 10:45 am and the fire services, local police and revenue teams were sent to the spot immediately. The critically injured have been shifted to the DHH where they are being attended to by a special team of doctors. Now the top priority is to provide the best medical care to the injured persons.”

“Regarding the four deaths, all I can say is we will conduct a thorough probe to find out from where they had procured the raw materials and why they were making the firecrackers in the house. Action will be taken based on the probe report,” he added.

(Reported by Balram Lenka, OTV)