India firecracker factory blasts leaves 8 dead

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Explosions in a firecracker factory in eastern India have killed eight people, officials said on Thursday.

Six people, including a child, were killed on the spot by the explosions in the illegal manufacturing unit operating out of a house in Bahabalpur in the eastern state Orissa, said Balasore district collector Pramod Kumar.

Another seven people sustained serious burn injuries.

Two of these died overnight, said Shyama Kanungo, superintendent at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in the nearby city of Cuttack where the victims were admitted.

The remaining five are in critical condition.

Illegal firecracker factories that operate without proper licenses and do not follow safety regulations are common in India.

They are prone to accidents, especially when they ramp up production for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

Diwali is marked by lighting up homes, setting off firecrackers and eating sweets to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.

Source: dpa/GNA/

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