India: Explosion in illegal cracker factory kills 5, injures 4 in Uttar Pradesh

An Indian skilled worker gathers the material to be used in preparing fire crackers. Photograph:( AFP )

PTI Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Oct 26, 2016, 09.19 AM (IST)

Five persons were killed and four others injured in an explosion in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, October 25.

The explosion took place late night in a two-storey building in the Pitarkunda locality of Varanasi where firecrackers were being produced illegally, the police said.

Around nine persons were inside the house at the time of the explosion, senior superintendent of police Nitin Tiwari told PTI.

The explosion must be a result of some explosives catching fire, police suspect.

The injured were rushed to the BHU's trauma centre and an investigation is underway.

Fire tenders were soon rushed to the spot and a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team was called for rescue and relief operations, PTI reported.

(WION with inputs from PTI)