Kerala

Deadly firecracker tragedies in Kerala

A man walks past damaged structures at the spot where a massive fire broke out during a fireworks display at the Puttingal temple complex in Paravoor village, Kollam district, southern Kerala state, India, Monday, April 11, 2016. Rescue officials on Monday sifted through the Hindu temple in southern India where more than 100 died when a fireworks display - an unauthorized pyrotechnic display that went horribly wrong - swept through for a religious festival packed with thousands. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

A man walks past damaged structures at the spot where a massive fire broke out during a fireworks display at the Puttingal temple complex in Paravoor village, Kollam district, southern Kerala state, India, Monday, April 11, 2016. Rescue officials on Monday sifted through the Hindu temple in southern India where more than 100 died when a fireworks display - an unauthorized pyrotechnic display that went horribly wrong - swept through for a religious festival packed with thousands. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)   | Photo Credit: Aijaz Rahi

The Kollam temple fire that led to the death of over 100 devotees is not the first such firecracker-related accident in Kerala.

As a part of the annual temple festival, a huge fireworks ceremony was held at Paravur Puttingal Devi temple, near Kollam. The explosion was caused when the storehouse of the fireworks materials caught fire on Sunday (March 10) and led to the > death of over 100 devotees.

This is not the first such firecracker-related accident in Kerala. More than 750 such accidents have taken place in the last 20 years in the State.



Year

Location

Number of people dead

1952

Sabarimala

68

1978

Thrissur Pooram

8

1984

Thrissur Kandasamkadavu Church festival

20

1987

Thalassery Jagannath Temple

27

1988

Thrissur-Veloor Kootanmooli Temple festival

20

1988

Thripunithra

10

1989

Thrissur Kandasamkadavu Church festival

12

1990

Kollam Malanada Poruvazhi Peruviruthi temple

26

1997

Chiyaram firecracker unit blast

6

1998

Palakkad Kanjikode cracker unit explosion

13

1999

Palakkad-Alur Chamundikavu

8

2006

Thrissur Pooram

7

2013

Palakkad Panniyamkurshi

6

Around 160 have been killed in 54 other incidents.

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