Bhopal: At least 14 people were killed while several injured in an explosion at a firecracker factory in Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday afternoon.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the incident took place due to the negligence of one of the workers who might have thrown a half-burnt bidi at the crackers dump, said police. The factory is located on Nainpur road — around 5 km from the district headquarters — said police.
There were around 40 employees inside the factory when the explosion took place. Rescue team reached the spot after 15 minutes. Some of the bodies were charred beyond identification. There was a similar incident in Balaghat in 2015 where blast occurred at the cracker factory, triggering a massive fire in the area, in which some 12 houses were gutted. While three factory employees were charred to death, many others were injured.