Explosion at Bengal fireworks factory kills at least seven, leaves several injured.

Bengal’s Minister Rathin Ghosh reported that police officials informed him about the tragic incident, stating that seven to eight individuals lost their lives, and around six others sustained injuries as a result.

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A devastating explosion rocked the Duttapukur region in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district on a Sunday morning, claiming the lives of at least seven people and causing injuries to several others, according to accounts provided by fire brigade officials.

The impact of the explosion was so intense that it caused extensive damage to multiple buildings in the vicinity, as confirmed by fire brigade authorities.

Local witnesses recounted that the explosion occurred within a two-story house situated in the Nilgunj area of Duttapukur at approximately 10:40 am. The factory had been operating clandestinely within a residential building, as locals asserted, raising concerns about its legality.

Rathin Ghosh, a state food minister and representative of the area, shared that the police had conveyed to him that between seven and eight individuals lost their lives, and around five to six sustained injuries due to the explosion. Ghosh expressed his intention to visit the incident site to assess the situation firsthand.

Ghosh further detailed the circumstances, stating, “Firecrackers were stored within the building where the explosion occurred. Notably, this area was not known for firecracker manufacturing; the primary hub for such activities was in the distant Narayanpur area of Nilgunj. The authorities had already closed down all cracker units in Narayanpur.”

West Bengal has witnessed a series of similar incidents in recent times. For instance, in May, a deadly explosion at a fireworks factory in Egra, Midnapore district, claimed nine lives and injured seven, with at least two of the victims being women. Another May incident saw three fatalities in an explosion at an illicit firecracker production unit within a residential zone in South 24 Parganas district.

In December of the prior year, a fireworks factory in Mohanpur village, Nodakhali area of South 24 Parganas district, experienced an explosion resulting in three casualties and two injuries.

These recurring instances of explosions prompted the state government to introduce a new policy mandating that fireworks manufacturing be confined to designated industrial hubs. The initiation of this policy led to the establishment of these hubs.

On May 22, the West Bengal government formed a committee led by the state’s chief secretary to investigate such unauthorized units.

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