Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh): Explosion at a firecrackermanufacturing unit inVisakhapatnam killed seven and injured five.
The mishap took place at around 5.30 pm. The victims were immediately rushed to a nearby hospital and later shifted to Seven Hills hospital.
"The deaths on the spot are six out of which two bodies had to be traced out. Six people who are injured are initially shifted to Nakkapalli hospital; from there they were shifted to Seven Hills Hospital. While shifting, one boy died on the way. So, now five people are under treatment at Seven Hills Hospital," said District Medical and Health Officer, J. Sarojini.
The reason behind blast is yet to be ascertained. The entire building went up in flames and people were trapped under the debris.
District Revenue Officer, K. Nageswara Rao, said that investigation was underway and further details were awaited. He also ruled out that the factory was illegal.
"He is having a license, a valid license, now we have verified at the office records, the source is having a valid license for one year validity also," said Nageswara.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu announced rupees two lakh compensation for the families of the victims.