Blast in Bengaluru’s New Tharagupet area; two dead

Blast in Bengaluru’s New Tharagupet area; two dead
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An explosion was reported on Thursday afternoon, in a firecracker storage facility located in Bengaluru’s New Tharagupet area, in which two people died and three have been reportedly injured during the blast, as per news agency ANI.

Harish Pandey, deputy commissioner of police (DCP) of South, said in a statement, “Two people killed, three others injured in a blast at a firecracker storage facility in New Tharagupet area of Bengaluru earlier today”, ANI said on Twitter.

The cause of the blast is still unknown.

He also said the victims of the blast in Tharagupet locality have been identified.

The official also clarified that the explosion took place due to some 'unstable chemical', which was an industrial consignment.

"The origin of the blast is being investigated. It was neither a cylinder blast nor a cracker blast or a blast caused by a short circuit. There were no pieces of compressors also," Pandey added.

Forensic experts will give their opinion on the cause of the blast, he said.

He further said there were 60 boxes of the 'unstable explosive' still inside the godown. The source and owner of the consignment is also being investigated.

According to eyewitnesses, the blast was so powerful that people up to 2 km away heard the sound while the locals felt that there was an earthquake.

With inputs from PTI

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