In the Shivamogga district of Karnataka, an explosive carrying truck was detonated on Thursday night killing at least eight people and tremors were felt in the surrounding area. police gave this information. It is believed that the explosives were being carried for the purpose of mining.
Confirming this, Shivamogga District Collector KB Shivakumar said that eight people died in the blast. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over this incident. The Prime Minister's Office tweeted and wrote that I am hurt by the accident in Shivamogga. Apart from this, the office mourned the families of the deceased.
The Prime Minister's Office also prayed for quick recovery of the injured. All possible help is being provided by the state government.
Apart from this, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa tweeted that a high-level inquiry has been ordered into this accident and the strongest action will be taken against the guilty.
The blast occurred at around 10:30 pm at a stone breaking site, causing tremors not only in Shivamoga but also in the nearby Chikkamagaluru and Davanagere districts. Witnesses say that the explosion was so strong that the window panes of the houses were broken and cracks also occurred on the roads. The explosion felt as if an earthquake had occurred and geologists were contacted.
A police officer said that there was no earthquake. But there was an explosion in Hansur under the rural police station on the outskirts of Shivamoga. Another police officer said a truck carrying gelatin exploded. Six workers in the truck were killed. The vibration was felt locally. He said the death toll could increase.