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India fireworks blast kills 100

Indian authorities have ordered a judicial inquiry into an explosion and fire at a Hindu temple in Kerala that killed more than 100 people. Nearly…

Indian authorities have ordered a judicial inquiry into an explosion and fire at a Hindu temple in Kerala that killed more than 100 people.
Nearly 400 others were injured at the Puttingal temple in Paravur when a faulty firework fell onto a large stockpile of fireworks.
A building at the temple then collapsed, causing many of the deaths. Thousands had gathered to watch the fireworks display as part of a local new year festival.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited the scene and spoke with victims in local hospitals, said the incident was “heart-rending and shocking beyond words”.
“The incident is so grave that it is very difficult to describe in words,” he added. “People who were 200 metres away were also hurt.”
The explosion happened at about 22:00 GMT Saturday, hours after the event started in Kollam district.
There were scenes of chaos as emergency teams were slow in reaching the area and rescue teams used bulldozers to clear the area looking for survivors.

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