Fireworks competition led to Kendrapara firecracker mishap!

Kendrapara: A major firecracker mishap during Lord Kartikeswar idol immersion procession at Balia Bazaar under Sadar police limits in Odisha’s Kendrapara district last night has left more than 40 persons injured.

A fireworks competition was underway during the procession, said Kendrapara Collector Amrit Ruturaj.

As per reports, the firecracker bursting competition was being held among different puja pandals. A spark from firework fell on a stock of firecrackers, which was to be used during the competition.

It resulted in a major explosion leaving the participants of the procession injured.

The victims were initially rushed to the Kendrapara District Headquarters Hospital while around 30 of them have been shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack as their condition deteriorated.

As many ten of the victims have been admitted to the ICU.

Several children and women are among the injured ones.

Condition of some of the victims was stated to be critical as they have sustained over 50 percent burn injuries.

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