Tripunithura blast: One dead, more than 11 injured after blast at illegal firecracker storage

The incident happened around 10.30 am on Monday beside Puthiyakavu temple in the Churakkad region in Kochi.

BySouth First Desk

Published Feb 12, 2024 | 9:00 PMUpdated Feb 12, 2024 | 9:00 PM

Tripunithura blast: One dead, more than 11 injured after blast at illegal firecracker storage

A massive blast at a firecracker storage in Tripunithura near Kochi claimed one life and left more than 11 people injured on Monday, 12 February.

The incident happened around 10.30 am on Monday beside Puthiyakavu temple in the Churakkad region.

The person who died has been identified as Thiruvananthapuram native Vishnu. Police said that the condition of another person, Adrash, injured in the blast was critical.

The firecrackers were stored as part of the “Thalapoli” festival scheduled at the temple on Monday.

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‘Was denied permission’

The unit was readied for storing crackers for the temple festival. The explosion happened when crackers were being transferred from a tempo traveller, police said.

“We had registered a case against the temple authorities on Sunday over their decision to blast firecrackers for the festival even after denying them permission,” a police official told South First.

“The deceased person and the seriously injured person were among the people who were associated with the transfer and storage of the firecrackers,” he added.

The official added that the blast caused major damage to nearby buildings and houses.

According to reports, the sound of the explosion was heard kilometres away. The debris was seen 400 metres away from the fire blast spot. Two other vehicles were reportedly damaged. Around 20-25 houses in the proximity suffered damages.

The fire spread across nearby shops. The fire was brought under control by rescue personnel and locals.

The police officer noted that the blast might have occurred due to some sparks while the firecrackers were being unloaded from the vehicle. However, the exact cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained.