KOCHI, India: A tragic explosion at a firecracker storage facility in Tripunithura’s Choorakkad resulted in one fatality and left approximately 16 people injured. The blast also caused damage to nearby houses and buildings.
The deceased has been identified as Vishnu, a resident of Uloor and the son of Asokan. Reports indicate that Vishnu sustained burns while unloading firecrackers from a vehicle. Despite being rushed to the nearby Tripunithura Taluk Hospital, he was referred to Ernakulam General Hospital where he tragically passed away before receiving treatment.
According to sources at the Ernakulam General Hospital, around 12 people sought medical care for injuries sustained in the explosion. One individual in critical condition was transferred to a private hospital in Kochi, while three others were taken to Kalamassery Government Medical College Hospital.
In the meantime, it was reported that the firecrackers had been brought to the residential area without seeking permission from the police. A vacant house in the area was used as the storage facility in preparation for the festival at Puthiyakavu temple.
Municipal councillor Rema Santhosh informed news sources that the explosion occurred while the firecrackers were being unloaded from a vehicle, which itself caught fire. The blast not only injured nearby children and the elderly but also led to extensive damage to buildings within a 2 km radius.
As authorities continue their investigation to ascertain the cause of the explosion, they have also launched search and rescue operations, fearing that individuals may be trapped under the debris. The tragic event serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of mishandling hazardous materials, especially in residential areas.