At least 8 people were killed and three others were seriously injured in explosion at a firecracker factory in Uttar Pradesh’s Budaun on Friday, police said. According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ashok Kumar, the intensity of the blast was so strong that people sitting in an adjacent cycle shop and some passers-by were injured in the incident.
"At around 4.00 pm, there was an explosion in a licensed firecracker factory in Rasulpur village under Civil Lines police station," the SSP said.
"Seven persons died on the spot, while one person succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Three injured persons have been admitted to the district hospital. Their condition is serious," he said.
"Two passersby were among those killed," he added.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took immediate cognizance of the explosion and directed the district magistrate of Badaun to take all necessary steps to provide relief to the injured.
Excavators and fire brigades were pressed into service for rescue work by the district administration.