Kerala: Five injured in cracker blast at temple

Thiruvananthapuram: Five persons were on Sunday injured, two of them seriously, when some firecrackers kept at a temporary shed near Vellayani Devi temple here accidentally caught fire and exploded, police said.

The firecrackers were kept in the shed in connection with 'Pongala' festival at the temple. 'Vedi Vazhipadu (lighting of firecrackers)' is one of the offerings of devotees at the temple.