11 killed in blast in firecracker unit in Pingla

Medinipur: At least 11 people were killed and four others injured in an explosion in a firecracker factory at Pingla in West Medinipur district, the police said on Wednesday.

“So far 11 bodies were recovered. Four others were injured and hospitalised,” district Superintendent of Police Bharati Ghosh told PTI.

On the reason behind the blast, she said, “We are looking into it. Probably something went wrong during manufacturing of crackers.”

Police said all the victims were staff members of the firecracker factory where the blast occurred shortly before 10 PM last night.

The fire has been put out.

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