PATNA: Five persons of a family were killed, and six others injured, three of them seriously, after an explosion in a firecracker-making house at Khodaibag village in Bihar’s Saran district on Sunday.
The explosion was so powerful that the double-storey house, in which the firecrackers were being readied, collapsed. The explosion also caused partial damage to two other houses of neighbours.
“The high-decibel sound of explosion was heard after a cooking gas cylinder kept in the house exploded. The cylinder exploded after coming in contact with fire in the crackers,” villagers told police.
“The deceased persons have been identified as Amina Khatoon (55), her two sons- Mulazim (35) and Sabir Ali (22), Mulazim’s wife Shabana (32) and Mulazim’s nephew (sister’s son) Shahjad (5),” Saran SP Santosh Kumar, who rushed to the spot soon after getting information about the incident, told TOI over phone on Sunday evening.
The SP said the five-year old Shahjad was a native of Shitalpur village under Dighwara police station of the district and he had come to Khodaibag to visit his maternal grandmother. The explosion took place around 12 noon, he said.
The three seriously injured persons were referred to Patna for a better treatment, while other three injured persons are undergoing treatment at Sadar hospital, Chhapra, the SP said.
To a question, the SP said as per the initial investigation the unfortunate incident occurred mainly due to accidental fire in the crackers.
He said two separate teams of forensic experts and the bomb disposal squads have already reached the incident site from Muzaffarpur. The forensic team collected necessary exhibits from the spot, he said.
A team of anti-terror squad (ATS) from Patna also reached the village to investigate into the case, the SP said.
The SP further said members of the affected family which lost five lives, are very poor. Besides running a cycle-repair shop in front of their house, they were engaged in making firecrackers and selling them to children through street-vending. They also used to supply crackers for wedding ceremonies or other family functions on advance orders in the nearby areas.
To a question, the SP clarified the house where the explosion took place was not a cracker manufacturing factory where a large number of people work. It was the two-storey house of a family in which some members were engaged in cracker making works, besides other small-income works.