Despite all efforts to ensure a “safe Diwali”, the fire mishaps refuse with the festival of lights. Although, the numbers have come down considerably, yet a least 37 cases of fire mishaps were reported at SCB medical college and hospital here emerging Diwali celebrations on Wednesday night.

“We had received 37 cases of Diwali-related burn injuries till Thursday afternoon ever since the festival began here in this part of the State two days ago. Out of all cases received, 30 were discharged immediately after preliminary treatment while seven patients are hospitalised. Luckily all of the hospitalised patients are out of danger and there is no critical case with us,” said premier hospital's medical officer B.N. Moharana.

Doctors here believe that due to wide-spread awareness and growing awareness among people, the festival-related fire mishaps are reducing considerably. “Mishap-free Diwali is what we must strive for and see that festival of lights is celebrated in the safest way”, doctors here hoped.

All the seven patients in the Hospital, including a nine-year-old boy who received multiple injuries in his face, are out of danger and they would be released from the Hospital soon, treating doctors informed adding that more than 30 other patients, who had received minor injuries sent back home after first aid.

Doctors said a minor boy-Khirod Mallick from Bhadrak district was admitted here with multiple face injuries he sustained while trying to tear a bomb by his teeth while the cracker was tied to another which had exploded a few seconds earlier. “The crude bomb went off as he was putting it in his mouth”, said a relative of the boy.

Similarly, another school-going boy Gobind Jena of Jajpur district sustained multiple injuries in his right palm when a cracker went off as he was trying to pick it up after unsuccessfully lighting up.

The patient is admitted in the orthopaedic ward of the hospital as he has lost a finger and another broken, the doctor said.

Elsewhere in the districts, reports of over a dozen fire mishaps are also reported where thatched houses, cabins and a vehicle were caught fire .