8 killed in horrific blast in India’s Karnataka
Published: 09:59 AM, 22 January 2021 Updated: 10:10 AM, 22 January 2021
Panicked people came out on the streets after the shockwave of the explosion felt in Shivamogga and neighboring Chikkamagaluru and Davangere districts; Photo: Collected
At least eight people have been killed in a horrific blast at a railway crusher site in Hunasodu village in the Shivamogga district in Karnataka, India, however, there was confusion whether it was a bomb blast or something else that created the blast.
The massive explosion took place near gravel and boulder crushing facility around 10:30 pm on Thursday, creating shockwaves not only in Shivamogga but also in neighboring Chikkamagaluru and Davangere districts, news agency PTI reported.
Besides, large cracks were seen on the roads near the blast site. The windows of many houses are broken due to the shockwaves, as a result, panicked people came out on the streets.
“Suddenly the whole area was shaken. We thought there was an earthquake. We left the house in a panic and came out on the street,” said a local resident.
However, police initially believe the blast may have taken place at a stone quarry in Hunasodu village. The whole area has already been sealed.
Anuradha, the additional superintendent of police in the district, said the explosion took place about 5-6 km from Shivamogga in Karnataka. A few people are believed to have died.
The blast took place near Shivamogga Rural Police Station. A damaged truck was found. However, it is not clear whether there were any explosives in the truck or whether the truck was damaged in the blast, said Police ADG Pratap Reddy.
“Several people have died,” Reddy said, adding: “Police could not enter the site of the blast. It is feared there may be more explosives. However, the entire area has already been sealed off.”
According to the news agency PTI, the explosion took place while the “explosives were being transported” by truck for mining work. Several people in the truck were killed. The truck was damaged in such a way and the intensity of the explosion was so great that none of the dead could be identified.
“it was not an earthquake,” Jagdish, an official of the district disaster department claimed, saying that their device did not contain any information about the quake.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted condolences over the Shivamogga incident on Friday morning. “The Shivamogga incident is very painful. Condolences to the families of the victims. I wish the injured a speedy recovery. The state government will extend all possible assistance to the families of the injured and the victims,” he said.