Uppalaiah, a 52-year-old driver with Fire Service Department, sustained burns when a heap of firecrackers burst at his house at Chandranagar in Himayatnagar on Saturday.

He dumped a heap of unused articles outside his house while cleaning, which included a package of firecrackers. He took out the old firecrackers and began hitting them with a hammer when they burst. He sustained burns and was rushed to a nearby hospital.