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8 dead, 80 injured in India firework factory explosion


 , Updated 20:52, 06-Feb-2024

At least eight people died and 80 were injured Tuesday in a giant explosion at a firework factory in India that saw balls of flames soar into the sky, officials said.

Senior district police official Rajeshwari Mahobia told AFP there were "eight deaths so far and around 80 injured" at the factory in Harda in Madhya Pradesh state, adding that "the death toll is likely to go up."

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav said reports of the explosion were "very sad news" and said medics at burn units in nearby major hospitals were called to make "necessary preparations."

"Ambulances are being rushed to Harda from the surrounding areas, and the army has been contacted to arrange for helicopters," Yadav said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

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