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Tragedy Strikes Puri As Two Dead in Firecracker Explosion During Lord Jagannath Festivities

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Tragedy struck during the annual Lord Jagannath’s Chandan Yatra festival in Puri, Odisha, when a firecracker explosion left two people dead and several others injured. The incident occurred on Wednesday night, casting a shadow over the religious celebrations.

The Incident in Puri

Hundreds of devotees had gathered along the banks of Narendra Pushkarinee, a local waterbody, to witness the sacred rituals associated with the festival. As part of the festivities, firecrackers were being used when the explosion occurred. The blast resulted in severe burn injuries to several individuals, with some in critical condition.

Casualties

  • Two Dead: Among the victims was a 15-year-old boy who succumbed to burn injuries in the early hours following the cracker explosion.
  • Several Injured: At least 15 people sustained burn injuries and were rushed to the district headquarters hospital for medical attention. Additionally, 23 others were injured in the incident2.

Government Response

  • Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik: Expressing his condolences, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik assured that all medical expenses for the injured would be covered from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. He directed the chief administrative secretary and the district administration to ensure proper treatment and monitoring of the injured.
  • Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also expressed sorrow over the accident. He wished for the swift recovery of those under treatment and their safe return home.

Investigation in Puri

Authorities are investigating the cause of the explosion, and measures will be taken to prevent such incidents in the future. The tragedy has cast a somber mood over the otherwise joyous festival.

Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families during this difficult time. May they find strength and healing as the community comes together to support them.

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