Special Correspondent

They were manufacturing crackers when the explosion occurred

Four of the critically injured persons shifted to Kurnool General Hospital

KADAPA: Three persons including a woman were killed and nine persons were injured in a powerful explosion in the house of one Shaik Shavali, while manufacturing crackers at Modempalle in Proddatur town on Sunday.

A woman Shaik Raheja Bi (45) and two men K. Chinna Balamunaiah (35) and K. Lingamaiah (40) were killed in the blast. The impact was such that the roof of an adjoining room was shattered, according to the police.

Four persons -- Shaik Abdullah, Shaik Mahabub Basha, Shaik Shavali and Talari Sreenu -- were rushed to Kurnool General Hospital with third degree burns. Five others -- Sk Afsara Bi, Sk Ameena Bi, Sk Afroze, Sk Ashiana, Sk Basheerun were admitted to the Proddatur government hospital. Proddatur DSP Vannur Saheb and staff inspected the scene.

Proddatur II Town police registered a case under Sections 337, 338 and 304 A of IPC and Section 5 of the Explosive Substances Act.