Thripunithura, Kerala : A somber mood hangs over Thripunithura today after a massive explosion ripped through a firecracker storage unit near the Puthiyakavu Temple. The incident, which occurred around 11 am this morning, claimed the life of one individual and critically injured three others. At least 18 more people sustained injuries in the blast.
The tragedy unfolded as firecrackers intended for the temple festival were being unloaded from a vehicle. Initial reports suggest an accidental spark may have ignited the explosives, leading to the devastating chain reaction.
The force of the blast caused widespread damage, affecting nearby houses, shops, and parked vehicles. Firefighters swiftly responded to the scene and brought the blaze under control.
Councillor Sudha Suresh confirmed the passing of one individual, identified as Vishnu from Ulloor, Thiruvananthapuram. The three critically injured victims are receiving treatment at the Kalamassery Medical College.
District Collector N S K Umesh expressed condolences to the bereaved family and assured swift support for the injured and affected residents. A special team has been formed to investigate the cause of the accident.
Member of Parliament, Hibi Eden, called for temporary accommodation for residents whose homes were severely damaged. The extent of the property damage is still being assessed.
This incident highlights the potential dangers associated with improper storage and handling of firecrackers. As investigations continue, the community mourns the loss of life and prays for the speedy recovery of the injured.