Narendrapur Explosion

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Published Monday, January 14, 2019

An accidental exlposion at an exhibition of firecrackers at Narendrapur off the extended EM Bypass on Sunday night injured around 16 people, including women and children.

They suffered burns and critical wounds. Several people had to be admitted to two private hospitals near EM Bypass till reports last came in.

Some among them are in serious condition. Cops, however, said 10 people were injured. The incident took place at the Kandarbha Para Udayan Sangha club grounds, off the Bypass extension between Dhalai Bridge and Kamalgaji.

According to local sources, the club had organised its day-long sports event on the grounds.

As an added attraction to the annual sports event, the firecracker exhibition event was added.

The event was set to take place after evening. The ground was cordoned off by bamboo blocks and several women and children were among the audience, which flocked to the grounds.

According to unconfirmed reports, during the exhibition, a shell suddenly exploded and a spark from it fell on a tubri (flower pot), which triggered the fire.

The fire then hit a stack of crackers kept by the ground to be burst later. This created a huge explosion, which could be heard from afar.

A spark also fell on a local building, which too, caught fire. Among the injured were in people from the audience.

The incident caused panic in the locality as people ran to safety. Some locals, who were at the ground, even dived in a local pond.

According to locals, cops reached the spot quickly and tried to take control of the situation.

Till reports last came in, several fire tenders were trying to battle the blaze. The blazes were marred by occasional bursts of crackers making it difficult for the firemen to reach at the base of the fire.

"All steps are being taken," a senior fire officer said, refusing to divulge details. Police said several injured were taken to the Peerless Hospital and Ruby Hospital off the Bypass and some to a local private nursing home. "Investigations will take place but first the injured are being attended to," said a senior police officer.
Source: DORRIS