7- people killed in a blast at an illegal firecracker factory in Bhagalpur, Bihar
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Patna : A six-month-old baby was among seven people killed late Thursday in Bhagalpur, Bihar, when a high-intensity explosion ripped through a house where illegal firecrackers were allegedly manufactured, according to police. At least 12 people were injured in the explosion, which also caused the two-story house and three other houses nearby to collapse.
According to police, an explosive device detonated on the ground floor of Navin Atishbaaj's home in a densely populated neighbourhood just 100 meters from a police station. The explosion also injured Atishbaaj. The explosion occurred around 11.35 p.m. on Thursday, when firecrackers were being stored or manufactured, according to residents. The blast was so powerful that it could be heard from over two kilometres away.
Two of Pinki Kumar's family members died when Atishbaaj's house was damaged and debris fell on their home, according to a local resident. According to the preliminary investigation, Atishbaaj was operating an illegal firecracker manufacturing unit under the guise of a grill shop, according to Deputy Inspector General Sujit Kumar. He went on to say that Atishbaaj had heavy explosives on his property, which exploded and killed the latter's father, Mahendra Mandal.