Ten killed in explosion at carpet shop in UP's Bhadohi city; store suspected to be a front for fireworks factory

Bhadohi locals have claimed that the store owner was also in the business of illegal firecrackers, adding that some could be trapped under the debris following the blast,

Press Trust of India February 23, 2019 17:47:05 IST
Ten killed in explosion at carpet shop in UP's Bhadohi city; store suspected to be a front for fireworks factory
  • Ten people were killed in an explosion at a shop which caused three houses to collapse in Uttar Pradesh's Bhadohi city

  • It is suspected that people are trapped under debris. A rescue operation has been launched.

  • Locals have claimed that the store owner was also in the business of illegal firecrackers

Bhadohi: Ten people were killed in an explosion at a shop which caused three houses to collapse in Uttar Pradesh's Bhadohi city on Saturday afternoon, officials said. It is suspected that people are trapped under debris. A rescue operation has been launched, they said.

Ten killed in explosion at carpet shop in UPs Bhadohi city store suspected to be a front for fireworks factory

The site of the explosion at Bhadohi city in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

The explosion took place at the shop in Rohta Bazaar. The shop owner has been identified as Kaliyar Mansoori, District Magistrate Rajendra Prasad said. The explosion led to the collapse of three houses and killed four people whose bodies have been brought out, he added.

Locals have claimed that Mansoori was also in the business of illegal firecrackers, the district magistrate said, adding that some others could be trapped under the debris. Earthmoving equipment has been pressed into service to carry out relief and rescue works. Teams of forensic experts and the NDRF have reached the site, he said.

Irfan, Mansoori's son, was at a carpet factory behind the shop and its workers could be among those trapped, Prasad added.

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