EIGHT people have been killed after a horror explosion at a firecracker warehouse in India.
Another 12 people sustained burn injuries following the blast, which took place in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri town on Saturday morning.
Seven of the eight deceased have been identified as cracker shop owner Ravi, his wife Jayashree, their daughter Rithika, their son Rithish, a hotel shop owner named Rajeswari and their neighbours Ibarahim and Imran.
The accident happened at around 9.45am when the firecrackers stored at the warehouse started to blast one by one, The Times of India reports.
"Fire spread to the cracker shop and other shops, including a hotel, and nearby houses," said Krishnagiri district collector K M Sarayu.
She said that a shop and three houses collapsed, with residents trapped under the debris.
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The exact number of people trapped is has not been confirmed yet.
Fire brigades and police carried out rescue operations and doused the blaze.
The injured, including two in critical condition, were admitted to Government Hospital in Krishnagiri.
Local investigation indicates that the firework godown had been operational since 2020 and was regularly renovated by the owner every year.
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