At least six people were killed in a major explosion of a truckload of explosives, suspected to be meant for mining in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district on Thursday night.
According to the police, the blast took place near a gravel and boulder crushing facility around 10.30 pm and it sent shockwaves in neighbouring areas including Chikkamagaluru and Davangere districts. “The blast was so strong that window panes shattered while many houses and even roads developed cracks,” PTI quoted eye-witnesses as saying.
Adding that the death toll might go up, another cop said, “There has been a blast in a truck carrying gelatin. Six labourers in the truck were found dead. The vibrations were felt locally.”
As the news broke, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his pain at the loss of lives saying the state government is providing all possible assistance to the affected.
“Pained by the loss of lives in Shivamogga. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying that the injured recover soon. The State Government is providing all possible assistance to the affected,” he tweeted.
The truck carrying the explosives was badly mangled and the bodies of the victims were dismembered beyond recognition, the police said.
The victims were reportedly transporting the explosives meant for mining when the explosion occurred. The vehicle was badly mangled and the bodies of the victims were dismembered beyond recognition. Senior district and police officials including the superintendent of police of Shivamogga have rushed to the spot.