Day after blast at Badaun firecracker factory kills eight, authorities seal three godowns for flouting regulations

The ATS team, which reached Badaun to probe into the case, said prima facie it appears that laxity on the part of those present in the factory led to the explosion.

Press Trust of India October 27, 2018 17:52:35 IST
Day after blast at Badaun firecracker factory kills eight, authorities seal three godowns for flouting regulations

Badaun: A day after eight people were killed in an explosion at a firecracker factory, authorities on Saturday sealed three godowns for allegedly storing crackers more than permissible limits.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) team, which reached Badaun to probe into the case, said prima facie it appears that laxity on the part of those present in the factory led to the explosion.

Raids were carried out on several firecracker shops and warehouses under the supervision of City Magistrate Sunil Kumar and Circle Officer Raghvendra Singh Rathore.

"Three godowns storing firecrackers more than the permissible limit as well as their capacity have been sealed," Kumar said.

Day after blast at Badaun firecracker factory kills eight authorities seal three godowns for flouting regulations

Police at the site of a blast at a firecracker factory in Badaun district. PTI

Besides, it was also found that these godowns were set up in places other than that stated in their respective licences, the city magistrate said.

Cases are being registered against the owners of these godowns, he said, adding that action will be taken against those violating guidelines and norms related to trade of firecrackers.

Meanwhile, the in-charge of the ATS team Manjot Singh said an inspection was carried out at the explosion site Friday and this morning and prima facie, it appears that necessary precautions were not taken.

"All those who could have given us concrete leads have died in the incident, but the people living in the vicinity said that deceased were often seen smoking bidis with the guests visiting the factory," he said.

"The factory had a licence for 15 kilograms of explosive material, which is enough for causing a massive explosion...even the ash of a bidi was enough to cause a blast," Singh said, adding that the exact reason behind the incident will be known only after the conclusion of the inquiry.

At least eight persons were killed and three others seriously injured Friday in an explosion at a firecracker factory in Rasulpur village in Badaun.

Following the incident, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered district magistrates and superintendents of police to inspect firecracker factories, transportation of firecrackers and their sale.

He had also directed them to take adequate steps to ensure accidents due to firecrackers do not take place.

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