Staff Reporter

THRISSUR: One person was killed in an explosion in a cracker production unit at Chittanda, near Kundannur in Wadakkanchery area, on Wednesday. The police gave the name of the deceased as Kandampulliveettil Venugopalan (45). There were fears that two more people were involved in the accident. But later it was confirmed that only one person was present when the blast occurred. According to reports, the crackers belonged to the person who was awarded the contract for the fire-works display for the Perunnal at Pavaratty St Joseph's Shrine. The fire-works display for the Perunnal was scaled down this year following the blast at the unit engaged in the cracker production for Thrissur Pooram. The authorities had then ordered the destruction of the crackers produced for the Pavaratty Perunnal. The blast was of explosives kept for destruction.