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5 injured in cylinder blast before Solapur marathon

The bike of man who was selling gas balloons when the cylinder used for filling them exploded in Solapur city

The bike of man who was selling gas balloons when the cylinder used for filling them exploded in Solapur city   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

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A man was filling the balloons with gas from a cylinder when it exploded, according to authorities

At least five persons, including a woman and a teenager, were injured in what appeared to be cylinder explosion in Solapur city early on Sunday.

According to the police, the incident occurred a little after 5.30 a.m., minutes before the inauguration of the third edition of the CNS Solapur International Half-Marathon which is organised by the Solapur Runners’ Association.

Authorities said that a family, which was selling gas balloons, was present at the spot before the commencement of the event which saw the participation of more than 5,000 people.

A man was filling the balloons with gas from a cylinder when it exploded, seriously injuring those standing nearby, including a woman and a 14-year-old boy.

The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals where the person who was filling the balloons is said to be in a critical condition.

A team of the Solapur police’s bomb detection and disposal squad rushed to the spot to ascertain the precise cause of the blast. Further investigations are on.

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