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Eight dead, 80 injured in India firework factory explosion

At least 20 ambulances were at the site, with 50 more being sent to help those injured, he added

By AFP
February 07, 2024
Rescue personnel and local residents gather near a firecracker plant following an explosion at Harda district in Indias Madhya Pradesh state on February 6, 2024. — AFP
Rescue personnel and local residents gather near a firecracker plant following an explosion at Harda district in India's Madhya Pradesh state on February 6, 2024. — AFP

NEW DELHI: At least eight people died and 80 were injured on Tuesday in a giant explosion at a firework factory in India that saw balls of flames soar into the sky, officials said. Footage on Indian television showed a tower of flame after the explosion at the firecracker plant, with dozens of ambulances sent and army helicopters called in to evacuate the wounded.

Senior district police official Rajeshwari Mahobia told AFP there were “eight deaths so far and around 80 injured”, at the factory in Harda in Madhya Pradesh state, adding that “the death toll is likely to go up”. “Ambulances are being rushed to Harda from the surrounding areas, and the army has been contacted to arrange for helicopters,” Yadav said in a post on X.

At least 20 ambulances were at the site, with 50 more being sent to help those injured, he added.