Visakhapatnam

Toll in cracker unit blast rises to five

The toll in the blast at an illegal firecracker manufacturing unit at Gullipalle village in Sabbavaram mandal, which occurred on March 25, has gone up to five, with two more victims succumbing to burns on Thursday.

Dasari Ramulamma (35), wife of the unit owner Dasari Satyanarayana and Satyam died while undergoing treatment at King George Hospital (KGH). On the day of accident, Dasari Kotamam (22) and Singampalli Durga Rao (58) died and Ankuli (32) breathed his last while undergoing treatment the next day.

In total, seven people were working at Bholokamamba Fireworks when the blast occurred. Police investigation revealed that the unit had no fire safety equipment. Moreover, the owner was bound over earlier and a written agreement was taken from him not to run the unit without the mandatory authorisation.

According to Rural Police, the reason for the blast is yet to be ascertained and investigation is on.

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