Four killed in firecracker blast at house in Tamil Nadu’s Namakkal district

The blast damaged the house at Mohanur in Namakkal and a few others in the vicinity causing injuries to four persons.


Published Dec 31, 2022 | 1:55 PM Updated Dec 31, 2022 | 2:00 PM

Firecracker blast

Four people — including the owner of a firecracker shop and three women — were killed and as many people were injured in a blast at a house in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu, the police said on Saturday, 31 December.

The blast, which occurred around 4 am, damaged the house at Mohanur in Namakkal and a few others in the vicinity, injuring four persons, they said. Fire tenders battled for nearly two hours to put out the blaze.

“It is not clear why Thillai Kumar (37), a licence holder, had stocked the firecrackers in his house. The incident happened around 4 am. Kumar, his mother Selvi (57) and wife Priya (27) died instantly,” a senior police official told PTI.

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Miraculous escape for 4-year-old girl

Kumar’s 4-year-old daughter, however, escaped unhurt, he added.

His neighbour, a 70-year-old woman, also died due to the impact of the blast, the officer said.

Four persons who sustained burns or injuries due to the blast or damage to the houses have been admitted to the government hospital here for treatment.

Ruling out foul play, the police officer said a probe is on to ascertain if an electrical short-circuit or unextinguished candle could have triggered the blast.

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