Puri: A massive explosion inside the Balanga police station in Odisha’s Puri district last night damaged the building severely.
Roof and walls of a portion of the police station building were collapsed due to the effect of the blast.
Though the exact reason behind the explosion was yet to be ascertained, it is suspected that explosives seized by the cops and kept at the police station went off, resulting in the mishap.
Many documents and items were also destroyed in the fire. Fortunately, some police personnel had a narrow escape and escaped unhurt.
Puri SP Kanwar Vishal Singh and other senior police officials reached the spot and took stock of the situation.
“The explosion took place because of some firecrackers or low intensity explosives stored in Malkhana. Detailed investigation is being undertaken to ascertain what triggered the explosion,” the SP said.