Odisha

One Killed, Several Critical In Cracker Factory Explosion

**Nayagarh**: At least one person was killed and another 14 were critically injured in an explosion in a cracker factory in Tantisahi of Itamati in Nayagarh Nayagarh district on Friday evening.

The mishap occurred at a cracker factory at Tantisahi under Itamati block of the district.

According to reports, the cracker factory suddenly caught fire which led to an explosion at around 5PM in the evening. The cause of the accident is yet to be established

First all persons injured in the mishap were admitted to Nayagarh District Headquarters Hospital, and 10 of them later shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.

The victims have suffered over 50 per cent burns.

“It was a huge and deadly explosion. Most of the victims are severely injured as the intensity of blast was quite high. We don’t know what are the reasons behind the explosion,” said a local resident.

While the reason behind the mishap is yet to be known, the police have started an investigation into the incident.

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