Chennai: Eight people were killed after a godown containing crackers caught fire in Sivakasi town of Tamil Nadu. The incident took place when the firecrackers were being transferred into a lorry.
Twenty vehicles were damaged and a hospital close to the godown was also affected.
Patients in the hospital were immediately evacuated and the fire was also brought under control by the firefighters.
Two people, who had been admitted to the Sivakasi government hospital in a critical condition, have also died.
Sivakasi is famous for its cracker factories and incidents like these come to light every year. Coming as it does just days before Diwali, this incident has left people in the town in a state of shock.