Unfälle mit Feuerwerk / Indien

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Fajjupur village in Dhariwal sub-division of this district in Punjab. About 0430 hrs, three women were killed when a powerful explosion tore through a house where firecrackers were being made illegally. The blast also injured seven people, including a child. The blast was so powerful that five other houses in the vicinity caught fire and collapsed due to its impact. About ten people were still trapped in the debris of the houses. Fire fighters were trying to rescue them. 8.1.2011


"3 killed, 7 hurt in blast at fire cracker unit in Punjab", 8.1.2011, http://netindian.in/news/2011/01/08/0009912/3-killed-7-hurt-blast-fire-cracker-unit-punjab 

"Three killed near Gurdaspur as crackers stored in a house explodes", 8.1.2011, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Three-killed-near-Gurdaspur-as-crackers-stored-in-a-house-explodes/articleshow/7241014.cms 

"Three killed in Punjab blast", 8.1.2011, http://www.bombaynews.net/story/728903/ht/Three-killed-in-Punjab-blast



Thranjali, near Shoranur (engl. Shornur) town. Ten persons, including a woman, were killed in explosions in three sheds of a fireworks-making unit. Two injured were brought to the hospital in a highly charred condition. The sheds were razed in the three blasts. Pieces of flesh and fireworks were strewn across half a kilometre from the premises.

When the accident took place, 12 workers were there in the sheds. Ten of their co-workers had left early, escaping the tragedy.

The unit did not have a licence; its owner held a licence till 2008, but it was cancelled and his appeal for a review rejected. But he continued the business. 1.2.2011 - With the death of two more persons on February 2, 2011, the death toll rose to 12.


"10 killed in explosions at fireworks unit", 2.2.2011, http://www.hindu.com/2011/02/02/stories/2011020264490100.htm 

"Cracker unit blast toll rises", 3.2.2011, http://www.cityjournal.in/Newspaper/20110203/Metro/Metro_2.html



Nathikudi village. Two workers (30, 35) were killed and five others critically injured in an explosion at a private fireworks factory. Police said the fire triggered by the huge explosion razed down six production units and godowns inside the factory when the workers were engaged in cracker production at Coronation Fireworks Factory at 0700 hrs. on April 26, 2011. – Two days later (28.4.2011), the death toll rose to four, with two more injured persons dying in the hospital.


"2 killed, 5 injured in explosion in fireworks factory in Tamil Nadu", 26.4.2011, http://netindian.in/news/2011/04/26/00012786/2-killed-5-injured-explosion-fireworks-factory-tamil-nadu

"TN: 3 killed in blast at cracker unit", 29.4.2011, http://expressbuzz.com/states/tamilnadu/tn-3-killed-in-blast-at-cracker-unit/270106.html 

"Three killed in explosion in fireworks unit", 29.4.2011, http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-04-29/chennai/29486581_1_fireworks-unit-sivakasi-explosion



Sathankulam in tuticorin district. Three workers (42, 34, 37) and the owner (45) of a small licensed fireworks unit were working with chemicals filling it into cases to make fireworks when there was a loud explosion. The room was completely gutted, trapping all four men under debris. The three workers were charred to death and the owner was seriously injured. 28.4.2011


"TN: 3 killed in blast at cracker unit", 29.4.2011, http://expressbuzz.com/states/tamilnadu/tn-3-killed-in-blast-at-cracker-unit/270106.html 

"Three killed in explosion in fireworks unit", 29.4.2011, http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-04-29/chennai/29486581_1_fireworks-unit-sivakasi-explosion



Panic grips Walled City when a truck carrying crackers and other items caught fire. Police said about 10 cartons of crackers were in the truck which was on its way to Sawaimadhopur. When the truck was passing through Gangauri Bazaar, the crackers came in contact with loose electricity wires leading to fire. When the crackers started exploding, the driver tried to drive the truck faster but when the fire went out of control, he parked it near Chooti Chaupar and alighted. 5.5.2011

Source: "Cracker-laden truck bursts into flames", 5.5.2011, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/Cracker-laden-truck-bursts-into-flames/articleshow/8172425.cms



Azhagapuri near Tirumayam. The death toll in the incident of explosion at a cracker making unit at has risen to four, with two more persons succumbing to their burns at the hospital on May 11, 2011.

Two persons were killed on the spot when the explosives went off at the country cracker unit on May 9, 2011.

Source: "Explosion toll rises to 4", 12.5.2011, http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/article2012730.ece



Hussainganj village. Three members of a family – a 70-year-old man and two children (6, 3) – died on the spot, while a couple – the owner of the fire cracker unit – was seriously injured in an explosion caused while preparing fire crackers. 11.5.2011

Source: "3 killed, 2 injured in blast at fire cracker unit", http://www.hindu.com/2011/05/12/stories/2011051258720100.htm or http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/3-killed-2-injured-in-blast-at-fire-cracker-unit/679880.html





Mumbai. A patch of grass near the main runway caught fire at the airport. The incident took place when 'bird scarers' were bursting crackers to chase away birds that pose problems in flight operations. 13.1.2010

Source: "Grass near Mumbai airport runway catches fire", 13.1.2010, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Grass-near-Mumbai-airport-runway-catches-fire/articleshow/5440863.cms



A fire works contractor (45) suffered burns in a cracker blast at the Karamala Chapel. The accident happened when he was arranging crackers for the chapel feast. An autorickshaw, carrying the crackers, was partially gutted. 14.1.2010

Source: "One injured in cracker blast", 16.1.2010, http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=One+injured+in+cracker+blast&artid=eEITmLJF8Bk=&SectionID=1ZkF/jmWuSA=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=X7s7i%7CxOZ5Y=&SEO=



Khairakpur village. A mother with her three children were killed when the thatched roof of their house caught fire and later fell on them. The incident took place after the children burst a fire cracker inside the house. 7.2.2010


"Four killed as thatched roof catches fire", 7.2.2010, http://www.ptinews.com/news/504485_Four-killed-as-thatched-roof-catches-fire 

"4 of family charred", 7.2.2010, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/six-mutilated-bodies-found-on-railway-tracks/576621/



Chinguri village in East Midnapore district. A firecracker maker (66) and two of his family died when firecrackers which they were manufacturing in his house exploded this morning. The house caught fire under the impact of the explosion as the tiled roof was blown away. 9.2.2010


"Three killed in fire-cracker explosion,in West Bengal", 9.2.2010, http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_three-killed-in-fire-cracker-explosion-in-west-bengal_1345392

"Cracker blast blows up house", 10.2.2010, http://www.telegraphindia.com/1100210/jsp/bengal/story_12088097.jsp



Madhya Pradesh's Sagar district. A child was killed and five other people were injured when a blast occurred in a firecracker factory in the residential area in Gadha Kota area of the district February 14, 2010. The death toll has risen to four, officials said February 16, 2010.


"Madhya Pradesh blast in Sagar District: Child killed, five injured", 15.2.2010, http://calcuttatube.com/madhya-pradesh-blast-in-sagar-district-child-killed-five-injured/61207/

"Death toll rises to four in Mahya Pradesh blast", 16.2.2010, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/death-toll-rises-to-four-in-madhya-pradesh-blast_100321053.html



Proceedings at the Surat district court came to a halt for some time after a minor blast in a toilet on the second floor of the building at Athwalines. Later, it was found to be a firecracker blast. The firecracker was kept in a tin box, which also contained nails. Several windowpanes were damaged by the impact of the blast. 18.2.2010

Source: "Firecracker blast stops proccedings at Surat court", 19.2.2010, http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Firecracker-blast-stops-proceedings-at-Surat-court/581684



Seven persons died while four others sustained burns after a firecracker-laden truck caught fire near Ganga Jamuni village in the Kurawali area of mainpuri district. While the driver managed to escape and four jumped from the truck with minor burns, three women and their four children were trapped. The victims had taken a lift in the truck. 12.3.2010

Source: "11 die in Lucknow fire incidents", 13.3.2010, http://www.indianexpress.com/news/11-die-in-Lucknow-fire-incidents/590219/



Mehrauli, South Delhi. A blast caused by fire-crackers stuffed in a glass bottle triggered panic. 30.3.2010


"Low-intensity blast in Mehrauli", 30.3.2010, http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Around-town/597344/ 

"Police register case in Mehrauli explosion", 30.3.2010, http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/Story/90533/India/Police+register+case+in+Mehrauli+explosion.html 

"Low-intensity blast: case registered", 31.3.2010, http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Low-intensity-blast--case-registered/597909/



The owner (40) of the shop died on the spot while two women and a man, living nearby, fainted due to suffocation in a fire that broke out at a fireworks shop. The shop was reduced to ashes and three adjoining houses suffered damage as the crackers and other fireworks stored in the shop exploded. The fire was caused by short circuit when the owner switched on a light after opening the shop. 30.3.2010

Source: "One killed in fire at fireworks shops", 30.3.2010, http://www.ptinews.com/news/587736_One-killed-in-fire-at-fireworks-shops



Sitapur district. A man died while six others were injured when a fire broke out at his residence and triggered an explosion at the cracker manufacturing unit being run at his residence. 5.4.2010

Source: "One dead, six injured in explosion", 6.4.2010, http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Briefs/600602/



Khata Nagaria village, Milakkhanam area, Rampur district, Uttar Pradesh. At least three members of a family were killed and eight others injured when a bundle of fireworks exploded in a house-turned-firework factory. 4.5.2010


"Explosion in a Rampur fireworks factory leaves 4 dead, 9 injured", 4.5.2010, http://newstiger.in/?p=23932

"Three killed in crackers explosion in Uttar Pradesh", 5.5.2010, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/three-killed-in-crackers-explosion-in-uttar-pradesh_100358540.html 

"Fireworks explosion kills three in Uttar Pradesh", 5.5.2010, http://news.oneindia.in/2010/05/05/fireworksexplosion-kills-three-in-uttar-pradesh.html



Kekra village, Bharaptur district. A woman and her minor daughter were killed when fireworks stored in a house caught fire. The owner of the house and three other persons were injured. 31.5.2010

Source: "Two killed in blast caused by fireworks", 31.5.2010, http://www.ptinews.com/news/680675_Two-killed-in-blast-caused-by-fireworks



Vadapatti. Four persons, including two women, were killed and eight women injured – four of them serious - in an explosion at a fireworks factory. Police said the fire was caused by friction while packing chemicals in one of the sheds at the factory. 16.6.2010

Source: "Four killed in explosion at fireworks factory", 16.6.2010, http://www.ptinews.com/news/721174_Four-killed-in-explosion-at-fireworks-factory



Khampur area, Deoria district. A teenaged girl (18) and her two brothers  (4, 5) were killed and half a dozen others injured when a fire broke out in a cracker manufacturing unit, which was being run in a house. 8.7.2010

Source: "Fire breaks out in cracker manufacturing unit, 3 killed", 9.7.2010, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Lucknow/Fire-breaks-out-in-cracker-manufacturing-unit-3-killed/articleshow/6146404.cms



Pallipad. Eight workers who suffered serious burns when the explosives stored at a cracker-making unit caught fire near Pallipad Junction under Haripad police station limits in the district were rushed to the Alappuzha Medical College Hospital. Three (40, 35, 45) of them died. The house where the unit functioned was destroyed in the fire. - The unit had no licence. 1.8.2010

Source: "Three killed in fire at cracker unit", 2.8.2010, http://expressbuzz.com/states/kerala/three-killed-in-fire-at-cracker-unit/194674.html



Niwadi area. Three minor girls were killed in an explosion at an illegal cracker manufacturing unit. The district collector said that though the unit had been granted cracker manufacturing licence to do business outside the city, the owner was illegally running the factory in some rooms of his house in the densely populated Koriyan locality. 4.8.2010

Source: "Three minors killed in explosion at cracker factory in MP", 5.8.2010, http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/three-minors-killed-in-explosion-at-cracker-factory-in-mp/200182.html



West Kothainachiyarpuram. An eight-year-old boy was killed in a fire accident reportedly at an illegal cracker unit functioning in a house. 5.8.2010

Source: "Boy dies in fire at cracker unit", 6.8.2010, http://www.hindu.com/2010/08/06/stories/2010080662040100.htm



Meenakshipuram near Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu. Eight officers suffered injuries while raiding a firecracker warehouse at an unlicensed factory. They had been admitted to a hospital in Madurai with more than 70% burns.

One of them died at hospital on the same day (10.8.2010). Another died on August 12, 2010. Four others died in the morning of August 13, 2010. Another man died in the afternoon of August 13, 2010.

According to reports, a fire broke out and ignited the stored explosives even as the raid was being held. The raid was being conducted after public complaints. - A solatium of Rs.5 lakh each will be given to the families of the officials who died in the explosion. 10.8.2010


"Raid team injured in bid to destroy fireworks", 11.8.2010, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Raid-team-injured-in-bid-to-destroy-fireworks/articleshow/6290226.cms

"Cracker unit raid: One succumbs to burns in Tamil Nadu", 11.8.2010, http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_cracker-unit-raid-one-succumbs-to-burns-in-tamil-nadu_1421919 

"Solatium for families of officials killed in cracker unit fire", 13.8.2010, http://sify.com/news/solatium-for-families-of-officials-killed-in-cracker-unit-fire-news-national-kinvkcibieg.html

"Sivakasi cracker unit blast: 5 more dead", 14.8.2010, http://expressbuzz.com/states/tamilnadu/sivakasi-cracker-uni-blast-5-more-dead/197981.html

"Officers die in raid", 16.8.2010, http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=380202&version=1&template_id=40&parent_id=22



Pedavelamilli village of Unguturu mandal, West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh. At least eight persons were killed and several others injured when firecrackers illegally manufactured and stored in a house, exploded. The impact of the explosion was such that four houses nearby were damaged extensively while another eight suffered partial damage. The death toll could go up as rescue workers suspect the presence of one or two more bodies lying beneath the rubble. The incident set off panic in the entire area. – While the cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained, sources said mixing of dangerous substances like potassium, sulphur and others triggered the blast. 10.8.2010


"4 killed in cracker unit fire", 10.8.2010, http://www.fullhyderabad.com/hyderabad-news/fire-crackers-unit-in-west-godavari-catches-fire-4-killed-1305

"Five killed in firecracker blast", 10.8.2010, http://english.samaylive.com/regional/others/676470944.html

"Eight dead after firecrackers explode in house", 10.8.2010, http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews/articleid/4395520 

"8 killed in cracker blast", 11.8.2010, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/8-killed-in-cracker-blast/articleshow/6289859.cms



Powai. A 14-year-old boy had gathered cracker powder and put it in an empty ice-cream bowl. He gathered five other boys from his locality and they decided to experiment with the powder. When they set fire to it, the powder exploded, leaving the six slum children with injuries. The 14-year-old sustained injuries on his hands and eyes. The others suffered burns on their faces as well. 22.9.2010

Source: "6 kids hurt in cracker mishap", 24.9.2010, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/6-kids-hurt-in-cracker-mishap/articleshow/6616532.cms



Mirjanagar village. Four workers (60, 35, 25, 23) were killed and two others suffered serious burns in an explosion at a fireworks factory in Dhaniakhali's Mirjanagar village. The single-storey building has been razed to the ground. 28.9.2010


"4 die in blast at fireworks factory", 28.9.2010, http://www.telegraphindia.com/1100928/jsp/bengal/story_12990828.jsp

"Explosion at fireworks factory in West Bengal", 27.9.2010, http://www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=092610104306



Hyderabad. A huge fire broke out in a firecracker shop, damaging the three-storey building and triggering panic. Police said the fire was put off after five fire tenders battled the blaze for several hours. A short circuit is believed to have caused the fire. The fire broke out in Mahabubgunj in the busy Malakpet area around 1 a.m., triggering a series of blasts. – The incident ahead of Deepavali exposes the negligence of authorities because storing and selling of firecrackers in a residential area is prohibited. The owner of the firecracker store had stored a large quantity of firecrackers in the building for the upcoming festival. 4.10.2010


"Huge fire in Hyderabad cracker shop", 4.10.2010, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/huge-fire-in-hyderabad-cracker-shop_100438798.html

"Massive fire breaks out in Hyderabad cracker shop", 4.10.2010, http://www.mynews.in/News/massive_fire_breaks_out_in_hyderabad_cracker_shop_N96340.html



Sengamalampatti. Four workers of a fireworks factory were badly injured when a bundle of crackers they were shifting explode due to friction. 7.10.2010

Source: "Four fireworks factory workers injured in explosion", 7.10.2010, http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/four-fireworks-factory-workers-injured-in-explosion/389190.html



Payag village under Kolaghat police station, East Midnapore district. In a fireworks factory, a woman was killed and eight others - three of them critically - who were making fireworks were injured when a spark from a lighted biri fell on the material they were working with setting off the explosion. The roof of the factory was blown away and three neighbouring houses were damaged under the impact of the blast. 14.10.2010

Source: "Explosion in fireworks factory, 1 killed, 8 hurt", 14.10,2010, http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/explosion-in-fireworks-factory-1-killed-8-hurt/413836.html



Payag village in Kolaghat town of West Bengal. Three persons died and several villagers injured as a major fire broke out in an illegal fireworks factory. The blasts, which blew off the roof of the factory, gutted two houses and sent shockwaves across a 5-km radius, were caused by a huge stockpile of crackers, which were probably set off due to the scorching heat. Soon, the fire spread to other settlements in the neighbourhood and led to many locals inhabiting these getting injured due to fire. 17.10.2010


"Cracker pile explodes, 3 killed", 15.10.2010, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata-/Cracker-pile-explodes-3-killed/articleshow/6750941.cms

"Major fire in firecracker factory claims three lives in West Bengal", 17.10.2010, http://sify.com/news/major-fire-in-firecracker-factory-claims-three-lives-in-west-bengal-news-national-kkrtEfcjbec.html



Chowk area, Varanasi district in Uttar Pradesh. At least three employees were injured when a major fire broke out in a warehouse storing firecrackers in a densely populated area. 20.10.2010

Source :

"Three injured in firecrackers warehouse fire", 20.10.2010, http://english.samaylive.com/regional-news/uttar-pradesh-news/676475761/three-injured-in-firecrackers-warehouse-fire.html

"Fire in firecracker warehouse, three injured", 20.10.2010, http://sify.com/news/fire-in-firecrackers-warehouse-three-injured-news-national-kkulafeghcj.html



Naurangabad village of Tikra Majra, Kanpur district, Uttar Pradesh. Three persons, including a woman, were killed and four were seriously injured in a powerful explosion at an illegal fireworks unit.

The deceased were identified as Pappu (45), his son Babu (18)and Geeta Kashyap (40). Geeta's husband had rented his house to Pappu. The sources said that powerful firecrackers were being manufactured in the house at the time of explosion. 23.10.2010


"Six killed, ten injured in firecrackers shop accident", 23.10.2010, http://english.samaylive.com/regional-news/uttar-pradesh-news/676475984/five-killed-eight-injured-in-firecrackers-shop-accident.html

"3 dead, 1 injured in explosion while illegally making crackers", 23.10.2010, http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/3-dead-1-injured-in-explosion-while-illegally-making-crackers/441626.html

"Blasts at fire-cracker units claim 8 lives", 24.10.2010, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Blasts-at-fire-cracker-units-claim-8-lives/articleshow/6800752.cms



Maharajganj, Dhani township. Five people, including three children, were killed and six others seriously injured in a blast in a fire cracker unit. Police said the massive explosion took place in Zubair fire works unit while crackers were being made. 23.10.2010


"5 killed, 6 hurt in blast in fire cracker unit", 23.10.2010, http://www.hindustantimes.com/5-killed-6-hurt-in-blast-in-fire-cracker-unit/Article1-616884.aspx 

"Blast in cracker shop kills four in Uttar Pradesh", 23.10.2010, http://www.mynews.in/News/blast_in_cracker_shop_kills_four_in_uttar_pradesh_N102745.html

"Six killed, ten injured in firecrackers shop accident", 23.10.2010, http://english.samaylive.com/regional-news/uttar-pradesh-news/676475984/five-killed-eight-injured-in-firecrackers-shop-accident.html

"7 die in blasts at two firecracker units in UP", 24.10.2010, http://www.indianexpress.com/news/7-die-in-blasts-at-two-firecracker-units-in-UP/701721/



Rampur village in Lallauli area. Three members of a family (35, 8, 60) were killed and two others seriously injured in an explosion at a house where firecrackers were being manufactured illegally. The house collapsed due to the blast. 24.10.2010

Source: "Three killed in explosion", 24.10.2010, http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/three-killed-in-explosion/443357.html



Kanpur. At least four people were killed and 10 injured when a large stock of Diwali firecrackers went off in the staff quarters of a government-run Community Health Centre in Kalyanpur locality of the city, bringing down the two-storeyed building. – The investigating and rescue teams have discovered a huge cache of Diwali crackers and other fireworks material under the debris. Police suspect that fireworks in large quantity were illegally stored or even being made there, which could have led to the explosion.



"Two dead as building collapses in cracker blast", 28.10.2010, http://sify.com/news/two-dead-as-building-collapses-in-cracker-blast-news-national-kk2suqiabba.html

"Blast near Kanpur health centre", 4 dead, 28.10.2010, http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/blast-near-kanpur-health-centre-3-dead-63026

"Four killed in Kanpur health centre explosion", 28.10.2010, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kanpur/Four-killed-in-explosion-in-Kanpur/articleshow/6828768.cms



Amritsar. One person was killed and four others were injured, two of them seriously, in a powerful blast that occurred in an illegal cracker factory. The factory was being run from a house in a Chheherta locality on the outskirts of the city. The entire upper storey of the house where crackers were being assembled was reduced to ashes as a result of the blast and the tenants living on the ground floor were injured as the debris fell on them. Five adjoining houses were also severely damaged. – According to police, the incident occurred, when some children were playing with crackers outside the illegal cracker factory, all of sudden a burning cracker fell inside the factory and with in no time fire flames engulfed the entire house wherein the cracker factory was being run. The cracker factory was being run in the residential area clandestinely. 31.10.2010


"One killed and three injured after fire in cracker factory", 31.10.2010, http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/one-killed-and-three-injured-after-fire-cracker-factory/25527 

"One dead, four injured in blast at illegal cracker unit in Amritsar", 1.11.2010, http://www.indianexpress.com/news/One-dead--four-injured-in-blast-at-illegal-cracker-unit-in-Amritsar/705354/



Dadeldhura. A four-year-old child sustained injury to both of his eyes while setting off firecrackers. Both eyes the child of Dasharath Chand Municipality-1 in Baitadi were burnt by flames emanating from firecrackers. He also received burn injuries in body parts. Doctors say he may lose his eyesight. 1.11.2010

Source: "Firecrackers injure child", 1.11.2010, http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=24821



Baradari area. Seven students of St. Francis School in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh were injured seriously when crackers hidden inside the switchboard of their classroom exploded. – Preliminary investigations have revealed that some students of the class had hidden the crackers inside the switchboard as a prank. The firecrackers exploded following an electrical short circuit in the board. 2.11.2010

Source: "Students injured after crackers explode inside classroom", 2.11.2010, http://sify.com/news/students-injured-after-crackers-explode-inside-classroom-news-national-klctErfdhii.html



Lajpat Nagar area, Kanpur district, Uttar Pradesh. Angad Preet Singh (15) was killed on the spot after the crackers he was carrying on his bicycle fell down on the ground and exploded due to friction with the ground. 4.11.2010

Source: "Boy dies as crackers fall on ground, explode", 4.11.2010, http://sify.com/news/boy-dies-as-crackers-fall-on-ground-explode-news-national-klet4ndaidh.html



Bangalore. Two children (11, 13), were bystanders, who sustained injuries in their eye after some fire crackers exploded. One of the boys sustained serious injury on his left eye, leaving him bleeding. 5.11.2010

Source: "Two children injured during bursting of fire crackers in Bangalore", 5.11.2010, http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_two-children-injured-during-bursting-of-fire-crackers-in-bangalore_1462581



Bangalore. A seven-year-old was about to light a cracker. But the next moment, his experiment of bursting the cracker inside a bottle proved costly as it burst and the glass splinters went straight into his eyes, severely damaging his eyeball. After 24 hours of treatment, doctors have given up hope of the boy regaining his sigth.

Source: "Festival of lights leaves many children in Bangalore groping in the dark", 8.11.2010, http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/report_festival-of-lights-leaves-many-children-in-bangalore-groping-in-the-dark_1463634



Chirala town of Prakasam district. Eight persons, who were preparing crackers with the fire-cracker powder in their house were injured after fire broke out from a room where the fire-cracker powder was stored. In view of Diwali festival, these people were preparing fire-crackers for own purpose and not for sale. 5.11.2010

Source: "13 suffer burn injuries in AP", 5.11.2010, http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/13-suffer-burn-injuries-in-ap/473095.html



Sambalpur town. A man was killed when he prevented some boys from bursting firecrackers on a city road. – Two boys have been arrested. 5.11.2010

Source: "Man killed on Diwali night in row over crackers", 6.11.2010, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/man-killed-on-diwali-night-in-row-over-crackers_100455464.html



Sareni area. Crackers kept in two sacks on a bicycle ridden by a 45-year-old man exploded. The man and two children were injured. 5.11.2010

Source: "Eight injured in cracker explosion", 5.11.2010, http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/eight-injured-in-cracker-explosion/472610.html



Four children were injured in a firecracker explosion in the Khadki bazaar area. The children staying in Hanuman mohalla, behind the Khadki bazaar, had found a firecracker while playing near a shop on the main road. They kept the firecracker on the steps of the Samata Vikas Baudh Vihar and, in order to remove  the gunpowder, started hitting it with a stone when it suddenly exploded. Two of them (12, 10) received severe burns on their necks, hands and legs while the others (7, 11) escaped with minor injuries on their heads. – A bomb detection and disposal squad summoned to the spot confirmed that the explosion was due to a firecracker. 6.11.2010

Source: "Four kids injured in firecracker blast", 9.11.2010, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Four-kids-injured-in-firecracker-blast/articleshow/6890888.cms



Kalighat. Tollywood star Jeet was injured by a carelessly launched uron tubri' (flying firepot) a cracker prohibited years before sound-emitting fireworks were banned. The incident occurred at his home when he was celebrating with his friends on the terrace. 6.11.2010

Source: "Banned firecracker injures actor Jeet", 9.11.2010, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata-/Banned-firecracker-injures-actor-Jeet/articleshow/6891667.cms



Moti Nagar. According to police and fire services, flames, erupted from garbage near the unit after a stray firecracker fell into it. Fire soon spread to the sofa manufacturing unit and an adjacent godown reducing sofa covers and other articles to ashes. Fire services personnel also had to toil hard to prevent flames from spreading to nearby houses. 7.11.2010

Source: "Fire breaks out in sofa manufacturing unit", 8.11.2010, http://expressbuzz.com/cities/hyderabad/fire-breaks-out-in-sofa-manufacturing-unit/221320.html



Ganja village. A 60-year-old man and his nephew were charred to death in a blast in an illegal cracker manufacturing unit. The blast occurred when the duo were making palm-leaf crackers. Under the explosion, the thatched roof of the house collapsed and was gutted. The cracker unit had no valid permit. 22.11.2010

Source: "Two dead in illegal cracker unit blast", 23.11.2010, http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/two-dead-in-illegal-cracker-unit-blast/513892.html





Baranagar. Explosion in the godown of an illegal fireworks factory on Gopal lal Thakur Road: Badal Dey (60) was killed while three brothers were injured in a fire that broke out inside an apartment in North 24 Parganas. The deceased and his three relatives were making fireworks the three-storey flat when suddenly a fire broke out following an explosion. 25.1.2009


"Man dies in illegal cracker unit fire", 26.1.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Kolkata_/Man_dies_in_illegal_cracker_unit_fire/articleshow/4031695.cms 

"Fire in Baranagars flat kills 60-yr-old", 26.1.2009, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/fire-in-baranagars-flat-kills-60yrold/415353/ 

"Factory fire kills 1", 26.1.2009, http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090126/jsp/calcutta/story_10440828.jsp



Ratnagiri Village of Maharashtra's Beed district. At least 10 persons are feared dead, including women and children, and many others seriously injured in a blast that took place around 2 p.m in a firecracker factory. Such was the impact of the blast that body parts were scattered more than 100 metres away from the site of the dishap. "A search is still under way for the body parts in the jowar fields surrounding the factory," a superintendent of police told. 28.1.2009


"Beed cracker factory blast kills 6 women", 29.1.2009, http://www.china.org.cn/china/news/2009-01/28/content_17192657.htm 

"Ten feared dead in a blast at fireworks factory in Maharashtra," 28.1.2009, http://www.dailyindia.com/show/294171.php

"Ten feared dead in a blast at cracker factory", 28.1.2009, http://www.indopia.in/India-usa-uk-news/news_detail.php?id=488843&head=&catid=1&subcatid=20



Seoni. A man was killed and his wife injured in twin blasts at their house where firecrackers being made. 30.1.2009

Source: "Man killed, wife injured in firecracker blasts", 30.1.2009, http://www.indopia.in/India-usa-uk-news/latest-news/491109/National/1/20/1



Bhavani Peth. Last week, a five-year-old girl has died after being kicked in the head by a horse, when the horse was spooked during a procession. The horse panicked when firecrackers were thrown. The girl who was in the crowd was then kicked and died in hospital February 5, 2009.

Source: "Five-year-old girl dies after being kicked in the head by a horse", 9.2.2009, http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/276694.html



Mezhathur. Five workers were killed and eight persons injured, two of them seriously, in an explosion in a cracker unit. Three sheds, where the crackers were stocked, went up in flames within few minutes. The workers were making crackers in an open space near the thatched sheds. The bodies, which were torn apart in the impact of the explosion, were taken out of the smoldering wreckage by fire force with the help of locals. 26.2.2009


"Five killed in Kerala cracker factory blasts", 26.2.2009, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/five-killed-in-kerala-cracker-factory-blasts_100160140.html

"Five killed in blast in cracker unit", 26.2.2009, http://www.samaylive.com/news/five-killed-in-blast-in-cracker-unit/611184.html

"Five men killed in blast in cracker unit", 27.2.2009, http://www.samaylive.com/news/five-men-killed-in-blast-in-cracker-unit/611209.html

"Cracker house gutted; 5 dead", 27.2.2009, http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Cracker+house+gutted;+5+dead&artid=hYoHARxAxZI=&SectionID=1ZkF/jmWuSA=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=X7s7i%7CxOZ5Y=&SEO=



Amritsar, Punjab. A boy (14) was charred to death, a worker died of extensive burn injuries later in hospital and two others were injured when a fire broke out in an illegal cracker manufacturing unit on the outskirts of the city. Preliminary police investigation blamed the fire on a short-circuit. It sparked off the blaze which caused an explosion. The explosion was so massive, that the roof of the factory blew off. 9.3.2009


"Two killed in illegal factory fire", 9.3.2009, http://www.indopia.in/India-usa-uk-news/latest-news/520076/National/1/20/1 

"One dies in fire cracker unit explosion in Punjab", 9.3.2009, http://www.sindhtoday.net/south-asia/72304.htm 

Teenager killed in factory fire", 9.3.2009, http://www.indopia.in/India-usa-uk-news/latest-news/519665/National/1/20/1



Jammu. Naseer Ahmed (21), a PDP worker, got seriously injured after a cracker accidentally hit him on the head during a party rally on March 15, 2009, while party workers were busting crackers. He succumbed to his injuries in hospital on March 16, 2009.

Source: "Youth injured in cracker blast dies in hospital", 16.3.2009, http://www.samaylive.com/news/youth-injured-in-cracker-blast-dies-in-hospital/613906.html



Pathanamthitta district, South India. A cracker manufacturing unit located in a thickly-populated area of the Ayroor Puthiyakavu Temple, near Kozhencherry, was gutted in an explosion. The manufacturing unit caught fire in the afternoon when the workers were out for meals. Nobody has been injured in the mishap. The concrete roof of the shed caved in immediately after the explosion. 28.3.2009

Source: "Explosion at illegal cracker manufacturing unit", 29.3.2009, http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Explosion+at+illegal+cracker+manufacturing+unit&artid=tMfL/G5L0po=&SectionID=lMx/b5mt1kU=&MainSectionID=lMx/b5mt1kU=&SEO=&SectionName=tm2kh5uDhixGlQvAG42A/07OVZOOEmts



Nuapalli village of Ganjam district, Orissa. At least three people were killed and over a dozen injured, when a large number of crackers went off accidentally in a fireworks manufacturing unit. The house collapsed. 29.3.2009


"Three killed in Orissa cracker blast", 29.3.2009, http://www.newspostonline.com/national/three-killed-in-orissa-cracker-blast-2009032945975 

"Three killed in Orissa cracker blast", 29.3.2009, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200903291351.htm



Chechawatni. A powerful explosion took place when people were purchasing firecrackers at a firecracker shop situated on Okanwala Road. As a result, four people were killed on the spot, while the shop was completely destroyed. 30.3.2009

Source: "Explosion at firecracker shop kills four in Chechawatni", 30.3.2009, http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=73158 or http://www.geo.tv/3-30-2009/38625.htm



Parola in Jalgaon district in the western state of Maharashtra. 23 persons, including children and women,  were killed and 48 others were injured in an explosion and fire at the Savitri Fireworks factory. Police say it was a fire in the building that led to the explosion at around 4.30pm, leading to collapse of parts of the unit. The number of the killed may rise, because several people are feared trapped under debris of a slab of the factory. 10.4.2009


"Indian fireworks explosion kills 23", 10.4.2009, http://www.radionetherlands.nl/news/international/6254416/Indian-fireworks-explosion-kills-23

"23 killed in fire cracker factory blasts in Maharashtra", 10.4.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/23-killed-in-fire-cracker-factory-blasts-in-Maharashtra/articleshow/4386595.cms

"23 die in blaze at fireworks factory in India", 10.4.2009, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gClguJ4YJls_Qn-OgSG3LG7F1-DwD97FQ0700 

"22 killed in Jalgaon cracker factory blaze", 11.4.2009, http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1246894 

"23 killed in fire cracker factory blasts in Maharashtra", 10.4.2009, http://www.freshnews.in/23-killed-in-fire-cracker-factory-blasts-in-maharashtra-136461

"Big fire breaks out in Indian firecracker factory", 11.4.2009, http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10566192

"Death toll in Jalgaon fire rises to 24", 13.4.2009, http://www.indopia.in/India-usa-uk-news/latest-news/547747/National/1/20/1: The death toll in a major fire that broke out in a firecracker factory at Parola has risen to 24 after the body of a woman was retrieved from the debris on April 13, 2009.

Parola in Jalgaon district in the western state of Maharashtra. Bei einem Brand in einer Fabrik für Feuerwerkskörper starben 23 Menschen, 48 weitere wurden verletzt. 10.4.2009


"23 Tote bei Brand in indischer Feuerwerksfabrik", 10.4.2009, http://www.kleinezeitung.at/nachrichten/chronik/1903385/index.do

"Mindestens 23 Tote bei Brand in indischer Feuerwerksfabrik", 10.4.2009, http://www.dernewsticker.de/news.php?id=102839


Salem. One person died and four were injured when crackers stored in a shop caught fire triggering an explosion. Three other shops were also destroyed in the explosion. 16.4.2009

Source: "One dead, four injured as crackers explode", 17.4.2009, http://www.indopia.in/India-usa-uk-news/latest-news/551229/National/1/20/1



Maskanwa. A man was killed and 9 others injured in an explosion in a cracker shop. The incident took place when the cracker shop caught fire, triggering a series of explosion. The house in which the shop was located was blown up. Shops and houses, adjacent to the cracker shop, were also damaged due to the explosion. 20.4.2009

Source: "One killed, 9 injured in explosion in cracker shop", 20.4.2009, http://www.indopia.in/India-usa-uk-news/latest-news/553134/National/1/20/1 or http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200904201550.htm



Chaineyajjeypur village. Two persons (35, 15) were killed and a five-year-old boy was injured in an explosion at an illegale firecracker manufacturing unit. – The licence to manufacture firecrackers expired on March 31, 2009. 26.4.2009

Source: "Two killed in firecracker unit blast", 26.4.2009, http://www.samaylive.com/news/two-killed-in-firecracker-unit-blast/620633.html



Kannampara. Fifteen people were injured, two of them seriously, when a firecracker burst in the middle of people during a procession and fireworks display at the Rishi Naradamangalam temple. 24.5.2009

Source: "15 hurt in firecracker burst in Palakkad", 25.5.2009, http://keralaonline.com/news/15-hurt-firecracker-burst-palakkad_46629.html



Dastagiripeta Harijanwada. Three persons died and nine others were seriously injured in a cracker blast. The blast occurred in the house of an unauthorised cracker manufacturer. The police are of the view that electric short circuit might have caused the explosion. The house was totally and the adjacent house partially demolished due to the impact of the blast. 25.5.2009

Source: "Three die, 9 hurt in cracker blast", 25.5.2009, http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=three+die,+9+hurt+in+cracker+blast&artid=tWibuduqYNU=&SectionID=e7uPP4%7CpSiw=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=EH8HilNJ2uYAot5nzqumeA==&SEO=



Jaiti Khera village of Mohanlalganj. Two brothers (22, 19) suffered burns while they were working outside their father's licensed firecrackers factory as explosives kept there caught fire. The brothers were mixing the explosive for the firecrackers, when the grandsons took a firecracker and set it on fire. The flames coming out of the cracker accidentally came in contact with the explosive material and it caught fire. The fire even led to blast in some of the explosives kept at the place. 26.5.2009

Source: "Accidental explosion in firecrackers factory, 2 injured", 27.5.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Lucknow/Accidental-explosion-in-firecrackers-factory-2-injured/articleshow/4581090.cms



Agra, Uttar Pradesh. A massive fire engulfed a firecracker godown in Jatni Bagh commercial complex. The fire engulfed several shops in the complex and gutted some of them. The inferno has reportedly caused damage to property and goods worth nearly Rs 15 lakh. 20.6.2009


"Fire in cracker godown engulfs commercial complex in Agra", 20.6.2009, http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/107455 

"Fire at Agra market, shops severely damaged", 20.6.2009, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200906201080.htm



Kayamganj area of the district Farukhabad. Two persons were killed in an explosion in a cracker factory. 20.6.2009

Source: "Two killed in explosion in cracker factory", 20.6.2009, http://www.samaylive.com/news/two-killed-in-explosion-in-cracker-factory/635594.html



Vadakkampatti village in Madurai district, Tamil Nadu/Southern India, Tuesday, July 7, 2009:

An explosion and fire in a firecracker factory in a suburb of Madurai has killed at least 16 people and injured more than 25. Most of the injured, including some children, had suffered more than 50 percent burns. 

Eight people died at the scene while the others died on the way to the hospital. The dead, included few children, the mother and wife of the owner of the factory. With the recovery of one more mutilated body from the explosion site on Wednesday, July 8, the death toll rose to 17 and it rose to 18 with one person succumbing to injuries on Thursday, July 9, 2009.

About 80 people were working in V B M fireworks factory when the explosion took place. It also had a godown where crackers for temple festivals had been stored.

The fire broke out at around 7 p.m., with loud explosions of crackers that could be heard about one km away from the factory. Windows and doors of many houses rattled in the impact, and some even developed cracks in the impact. The explosion was so powerful that it reduced the whole godown into rubble.

While the official concerned have no answers about the cause of explosion, the workers who survived the blast said it was caused when weighing stones fell on one another thus creating sparks; it set off explosions in the factory, that caused the building to collapse.

Firemen battled the blaze, which swept through the stores of the factory causing fireworks to explode for over four hours. Even as rescue operations began, there were more explosions in the factory, keeping the firemen off the spot for some time. The fire was brought under control only after midnight. A water shortage in the area hampered the firefighting efforts. The power to the area was disconnected.

The factory was completely gutted by the blast and the subsequent fire. The roof of the building collapsed, trapping workers. Firefighters have pulled out charred bodies and dozens of injured have been taken to hospital. Only two bodies have been identified while others were beyond recognition.

A special police team has arrested the 48-year-old owner of the VBM Fireworks.

Initial investigations revealed that the owner had employed children in the unit, after their school hours.

The teams were still searching for limbs of the victims that were strewn around the factory.

Revenue officials and Police started their efforts to establish the identity of the deceased by using the missing people list.


"Fireworks factory fire kills 16 in India", 8.7.2009, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124703194706310311.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

"Firework factory fire kills 17 in India", 8.7.2009, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jDxvamNMTpYGy0f_hTV2FejLhh6Q

"India fireworks blast 'kills 16'", 8.7.2009, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8139707.stm 

"16 killed in fireworks unit blast", 8.7.2009, http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=16+killed+in+fireworks+unit+blast&artid=FTupGp2LvCw=&SectionID=vBlkz7JCFvA=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=EL7znOtxBM3qzgMyXZKtxw==&SEO=

"16 killed in firecracker factory fire near Madurai", 8.7.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/16-killed-in-firecracker-factory-fire-near-Madurai/articleshow/4752142.cms 

"Fire in Madurai cracker factory; 17 dead, 40 hurt", 8.7.2009, http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/fire_in_madurai_cracker_factory_17_dead_40_hurt.php 

"Death toll in fireworks factory fire in TN climbs to 17", 8.7.2009, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200907082052.htm 

2Death toll rises to 17", 8.7.2009, http://newstodaynet.com/newsindex.php?id=18026%20&%20section=6 

"13-yr-old girl, brother orphaned", 9.7.2009, http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=13-yr-old+girl,+brother+orphaned&artid=pLUlUX7jXAw=&SectionID=vBlkz7JCFvA=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=EL7znOtxBM3qzgMyXZKtxw==&SEO=

"Police to monitor firework factories: DGP", 10.7.2009, http://news.chennaionline.com/newsitem.aspx?NEWSID=cfc7abbe-c470-4332-8da0-4be40868588d&CATEGORYNAME=CHN

Vadakkampatti village, Madurai district, Tamil Nadu/Südindien. Bei einer Explosion und dem folgenden Grossbrand in einer Feuerwerksfabrik kamen mindestens 16 Menschen ums Leben, 21 weitere wurden zum Teil schwer verletzt. 2 weitere Arbeiter starben später.  „"Der Unfall ereignete sich, als Arbeiter Feuerwerkskörper verpackten“", sagte ein Polizeisprecher. 7.7.2009


"Südindien: 16 Tote nach Explosion in Feuerwerksfabrik+, 8.7.2009, http://www.die-topnews.de/suedindien-16-tote-nach-explosion-in-feuerwerksfabrik-359531 

"16 Tote nach Explosion in indischer Feuerwerksfabrik", 8.7.2009, http://www.finanznachrichten.de/nachrichten-2009-07/14367421-16-tote-nach-explosion-in-indischer-feuerwerksfabrik-003.htm

"17 Tote bei Brand in indischer Feuerwerksfabrik", 8.7.2009, http://www.kleinezeitung.at/nachrichten/chronik/2071371/index.do

"17 Tote bei Grossbrand in Feuerwerksfabrik", 8.7.2009, http://www.wnoz.de/index.php?WNOZID=b7f50bceb322b95d242897d0ab7b3be5&kat=20&artikel=109162042&red=1&ausgabe=49231


Maradu. Around 1,000 kg of crackers stored in a house exploded around 2.45 a.m. The sister (36) of the owner of the house died and the owner's mother (62) and his daughter (13) suffered injuries in the explosion. The house was completely damaged. The incident occurred when the inmates of the house were sleeping. The intensity of the explosion was so high that the glasspanes and doors of nearby houses also were damaged. 17.7.2009

Source: "One dead, two hurt in cracker blast", 18.7.2009, http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=One+dead,+two+hurt+in+cracker+blast&artid=6PVCfIzWcA4=&SectionID=9R67TMeNb/w=&MainSectionID=9R67TMeNb/w=&SEO=Annakkutty,+Sherin,+V+S+Nawas&SectionName=gUhH3Holuas=

"Maradu cracker blast: 1 more dies", 28.7.2009, http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Maradu+cracker+blast:+1+more&artid=U02DKOX5MFo=&SectionID=9R67TMeNb/w=&MainSectionID=9R67TMeNb/w=&SEO=&SectionName=gUhH3Holuas=: Maradu. The death toll rose to three with another injured woman succumbing to burns at a hospital on July 27, 2009. The deceased were the mother (62), the sister (36) and the daughter (13) of the house-owner, who escaped with minor injuries.



Namaskarichanpatti near Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu's Viurdhunagar district. Eight workers were killed in an explosion and fire at a fireworks manufacturing unit. Some newspapers wrote about 33 injured workers, other newspapers about 45. Officials said the toll could increase as most of the injured persons were in a very serious condition with more than 60% burns. The explosion took place when a worker carrying chemicals in a bucket slipped and fell. The chemicals caugh fire due to friction, the sparks of which fell on the crackers stocked nearby, triggering a series of explosions. The fire burned 40 sheds. – Police have registered cases against the unit's owner and manager. 20.7.2009


"Seven killed, 33 injured in fireworks unit blast in Tamil Nadu", 20.7.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/India/Seven-killed-33-injured-in-fireworks-unit-blast-in-Tamil-Nadu/articleshow/4799685.cms

"Seven killed in Sivakasi cracker", 21.7.2009, http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_seven-killed-in-sivakasi-cracker_1275766 

"Eight dead in explosion in fireworks unit in Tamil Nadu", 21.7.2009, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/india-news/eight-dead-in-explosion-in-fireworks-unit-in-tamil-nadu_100220794.html 

"Another fire in TN cracker unit", 7 die, 21.7.2009, http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Another-fire-in-TN-cracker-unit--7-die/492074

"Toll in cracker unit fire mishap rises to 15", 25.7.2009, http://news.chennaionline.com/newsitem.aspx?NEWSID=385c563b-ce07-432c-bc5a-d05862c68bb1&CATEGORYNAME=CHN: The toll in the July 20, 2009, fire mishap at a cracker unit near Sivakasi has risen to 15, with three more persons succumbing to burns on July 24, 2009. On July 20, 2009, seven persons were killed and 33 injured, 23 of them seriously, when a fire swept through the unit at Namaskarichanpatti in Virudhunagar Dsitrict.



Sivakasi. A man was charred to death when the crackers being made by him caught fire and exploded near Sivakasi. Bhoominathan (45) had converted his house into a cracker-making unit without proper licence and safety arrangements. 26.7.2009 


"Man charred to death as crackers explode", 26.7.2009, http://www.ptinews.com/news/195422_Man-charred-to-death-as-crackers-explode

"Man charred to death as crackers explodes", 27.7.2009, http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Man+charred+to+death+as+crackers+explodes&artid=k91lNO00n7U=&SectionID=vBlkz7JCFvA=&MainSectionID=XT7e3Zkr/lw=&SectionName=EL7znOtxBM3qzgMyXZKtxw==&SEO=



Keelathiruthangal near Sivakasi town. Three workers (55, 44 and 60) at Anil Fireworks were making chakras' when an explosion ripped through two sheds in the 104-room factory. The blast killed them instantly. Two fire engines fought the fire for about an hour to prevent it from spreading to other rooms. 28.7.2009


"Another blast in Sivakasi, July toll 22", 29.7.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/City/Chennai/Another-blast-in-Sivakasi-July-toll-22/articleshow/4832350.cms

"Three persons charred to death in fire mishap, 28.7.2009, http://ptinews.com/news/198428_Three-persons-charred-to-death-in-fire-mishap



Pettilpatti in Sivakasi. An employee (45) of Aravind Fireworks sustained injuries in an explosion in the shed where he was working. His co-worker was filling the chakaras' when a fire broke out. While the co-worker fled, the 45-year-old wanted to find out how the fire broke out and went back. An explosion followed and the room collapsed, injuring him. 28.7.2009

Source: "Another blast in Sivakasi, July toll 22", 29.7.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/City/Chennai/Another-blast-in-Sivakasi-July-toll-22/articleshow/4832350.cms



Mettamalai. Two workers (48, 35) were filling explosives for making fireworks at a cracker unit when an explosion took place and the shed in which they were working blew up killing them on the spot. Three other workers suffered injuries in the explosion. 29.8.2009


"Cracker unit blast kills two workers", 29.8.2009, http://beta.thehindu.com/incoming/article11338.ece

"Two killed in explosion at cracker manufacturing unit", 31.8.2009, http://www.ptinews.com/news/255797_Two-killed-in-explosion-at-cracker-manufacturing-unit



On Bhopal-Sehore road a truck exploded when the crackers kept in the truck caught fire. 30.8.2009

Source: "Truck laden with crackers gutted in fire", 30.8.2009, http://www.centralchronicle.com/viewnews.asp?articleID=13660



Joguni Gudda near Gangavali. A house and a shop were damaged and two persons severely injured due to a blast. The intensity of the explosion was so severe that people in 8-km radius of the blast site heard it. According to police sources, the blast occurred when firecrackers, illegally stored in the house, caught fire and exploded. 9.9.2009

Source: "Two injured, house and shop damaged in Karwar blast", 10.9.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/city/hubli/Two-injured-house-and-shop-damaged-in-Karwar-blast/articleshow/4996245.cms



Gyodhiya village, Uttar Pradesh's Mahoba district. Five members of a family (52, 26, 24, 16 and 15) were killed in an explosion while making crackers illegally. 12.9.2009

Source: "Making crackers illegally, 5 of family killed", 13.9.2009, http://www.ptinews.com/news/280047_Making-crackers-illegally--5-of-family-killed



Nagla Gola village near Agra. At least two people were killed and two others injured in a blast that rocked a firecracker factory. 13.9.2009


"Agra firecracker factory blast near claims two victims", 13.9.2009, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/india-news/agra-firecracker-factory-blast-near-claims-two-victims_100246913.html

"Two killed in cracker factory blast in Uttar Pradesh", 13.9.2009, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/two-killed-in-cracker-factory-blast-in-uttar-pradesh_100246923.html



Tiruvannamalai district, Tamil Nadu. An explosion, allegedly caused by firecrackers stored illegally on a residential premises for coming Deepavali festival, killed 11 people, including three women and five children. Thirteen people suffered burns in the incident.

The owner of the three-storey house had a licence to store the crackers elsewhere but had brought the huge consignment from Sivakasi and stored them in a room on the first floor of his house. His family stayed in the ground floor, used the rooms in the first floor as a godown and he had rented out the second floor. The dead include members of the house owner's family, some of his tenants, a few guests who had come to his house and some passers-by.

One of the nearby houses is said to be damaged and could collapse anytime. Search was on to look for more people trapped in the debris. 24.9.2009


"Eleven killed, 13 injured in fire cracker explosion", 25.9.2009, http://www.indopia.in/India-usa-uk-news/latest-news/675708/BreakingNews/1/20/1 

"Tiruvannamalai firecrackers kill eight", 25.9.2009, http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/124732 

"11 killed in TN cracker explosion", 26.9.2009, http://www.deccanherald.com/content/27388/11-killed-tn-cracker-explosion.html 

"11 killed in TN firecracker mishap", 26.9.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/city/chennai/11-killed-in-TN-firecracker-mishap/articleshow/5058523.cms



Alambagh. In a case of gruesome cruelty to animals, a stray bull suffered about 80% burn injuries besides breaking its lower jaw after someone allegedly put a live cracker in its mouth. As a result of this inhuman act, the bull is unable to eat or drink. 5.10.2009 

Source: "Bull's mouth, animal severely injured", 9.10.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/bulls-mouth-animal-severely-injured/articleshow/5104032.cms



Sholavandan town in Madurai district, Southern state of Tamil Nadu. Two persons were killed and nine others injured when a parcel containing a large number of fireworks exploded soon after it was offloaded from the Mayiladuthurai-Tirunelveli passenger train at Sholavandan station. The explosion also blew away the roof of the platform about 20 feet from the ground and shattered the window panes of the moving train. - Two persons, one of them a cracker dealer, have been arrested. 6.10.2009


"Two killed, nine injured in Madurai cracker explosion", 6.10.2009, http://www.zeenews.com/news568786.html 

"3 dead, 2 injured in blast at Cholavandan Railway station, Madurai", 6.10.2009, http://www.breakingnewsonline.net/2009/10/3-dead-2-injured-in-blast-at.html

"India rail station blast kills 2", 6.10.2009, http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Asia/Story/STIStory_438925.html

"Two arrested for Cholavandan blast", 7.10.2009, http://newstodaynet.com/newsindex.php?id=19739%20&%20section=6 

"Two arrested for cracker blast in station", 8.10.2009, http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2009/10/07/two-arrested-cracker-blast-station



Two persons were killed when firecrackers they were carrying exploded near Bhaluchua Chhak. Police said the blast was so powerful that it mangled the victim's two-wheeler.

Source: "Blast kills two", 14.10.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/Blast-kills-two-/articleshow/5125034.cms



Naushehra area of Shikonhabad city, Uttar Pradesh. One man was killed and a 12-year-old girl injured in an explosion in a cracker factory. Some crackers accidentally caught fire while they were preparing them. 14.10.2009


"One killed, minor girl injured in cracker explosion", 15.10.2009, http://www.ptinews.com/news/332408_One-killed--minor-girl-injured-in-cracker-explosion

"Nation briefs", 15.10.2009, http://www.telegraphindia.com/1091016/jsp/nation/story_11622254.jsp



Ambedkarnagar-2 area. Four people, including two minors, were injured after they fought with each other over bursting firecrackers. 16.10.2009

Source: "Four hurt after fight over bursting firecrackers",16.10.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/Four-hurt-after-fight-over-bursting-firecrackers/articleshow/5132592.cms



Georai tehsil of Beed district. Two men (22, 28) were seriously injured in an explosion in a cracker factory. Both were preparing crackers when the explosion took place. 16.10.2009

Source: "Two seriously injured in cracker factory explosion in Beed", 17.10.2009, http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_two-seriously-injured-in-cracker-factory-explosion-in-beed_130022



Pallipattu, Thiruvallur district in Tamil Nadu. 34 people died as the result of a massive explosion and fire at a firecracker store and warehouse. The fire also left at least 10 others with life-threatening burns. The victims were mainly traders buying fireworks in bulk as millions of Hindus prepared to celebrate Divali, the festival of lights. The blaze erupted at the cracker godown, which was a wholesale point of firecrackers, at around 7 pm due to suspected short-circuit.

Two factors that contributed to the high death toll were the lack of available water to fight the fire and the fact that the owner, apparently to thwart thefts, had insisted that here be only a single, narrow exit-entrance.

The store did not have the requisite license under the Explosives Act and was violating the stipulation that fireworks should not be warehoused at a retail sale outlet. The police have arrested the owner of the abandoned rice mill that was turned into the firecracker store-warehouse, the store's owner, and his manager. 16.10.2009


"32 killed in fire in cracker godown in Tamil Nadu", 17.10.2009, http://www.ptinews.com/news/335243_32-killed-in-fire-in-cracker-godown-in-Tamil-Nadu 

"32 killed in firecracker godown blaze in Tamil Nadu; two held", 17.10.2009, http://www.hindustantimes.com/News/tamilnadu/32-killed-in-firecracker-godown-blaze-in-Tamil-Nadu/Article1-466278.aspx

"Blast in firecracker unit: 32 dead", 17.10.2009, http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2009/10/17/blast-firecracker-unit-32-dead

"India: Official corruption and negligence tied to 34 deaths in firecracker explosion", 22.10.2009, http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/oct2009/indi-o22.shtml

Pallipat, Tamil Nadu. Bei einem Brand in einer Lagerhalle mit Feuerwerkskörpern kamen mindestens 32 Menschen ums Leben. Zehn weitere wurden verletzt. Die Opfer waren vorwiegend Händler, die vor Diwali Feuerwerk kaufen wollten. 16.10.2009


"Mindestens 32 Tote bei Brand in Lagerhalle", 17.10.2009, http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.rp-online.de/public/kompakt/panorama/771180/Mindestens-32-Tote-bei-Brand-in-Lagerhalle.html&ct=ga&cd=Si-olULcYbY&usg=AFQjCNEFu50ELm2amD9qILmnaFuKbP8kYQ 

"Indien: 30 Tote bei Feuer", 17.10.2009, http://www.bild.de/BILD/Newsticker/news-ticker/2009/10/17/04-indien-feuer-tote.html 

"Dutzende Tote in Indien: Brand in Feuerwerkslager", 17.10.2009, http://www.n-tv.de/panorama/Brand-in-Feuerwerkslager-article551564.html&ct=ga&cd=oo5KNGidLa0&usg=AFQjCNE2c_Gaa02zPlNhbPhE36Q_SQMgVg


Shikarpur town of Bulandshahar city of Uttar Pradesh. Two people (one of them a 10-year-old child) were killed and 12 others injured when a devastating blaze gutted a firecracker market. The blaze completely gutted the market in which 30 to 35 stalls were set up. - Initial reports said that the fire started after a child lighted a cracker one of the stalls caught fire and soon it engulfed more stalls. 16.10.2009


"Two feared dead as 50 fireworks shops gutted in fire in Uttar Pradesh", 16.10.2009, http://trak.in/news/two-feared-dead-as-50-fireworks-shops-gutted-in-fire-in-uttar-pradesh/14614/

"Mob goes berserk after child killed in cracker market fire", 16.10.2009, http://trak.in/news/mob-goes-berserk-after-child-killed-in-cracker-market-fire/14793/

"Two killed, 12 injured in firecracker market blaze in UP", 16.10.2009, http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article34803.ece?homepage=true



Betali village of Bhadrak district. A shopkeeper (45) was burnt to death when a jar containing petrol caught fire after being hit by a burning fire cracker. 17.10.2009

Source: "Man burnt to death in fire mishap in Orissa," 18.10.2009, http://blog.taragana.com/n/2-killed-as-police-fire-at-mob-in-orissa-233529/



Chinchwad. A girl (10) sustained 30 per cent burns as her dress caught fire when she was lighting firecrackers. 17.10.2009

Source: "Girl sustains 30 pc burns in cracker fire", 19.10.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Girl-sustains-30-pc-burns-in-cracker-fire/articleshow/5137111.cms



Kaushalpuri area of Kanpur district, Uttar Pradesh. A boy (15) was killed and his mother and another woman seriously injured when their house collapsed due to crackers explosion. 17.10.2009


"Boy killed, 2 women injured in Diwali cracker explosion in India", 18.10.2009, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-10/18/content_12258597.htm 

"Boy killed, two injured after crackers explode", 18.10.2009, http://www.ptinews.com/news/335834_Boy-killed--two-injured-after-crackers-explode



Shahpur. A verbal argument over bursting of crackers on the road led to stone pelting. Two youths sustained injuries. 17.10.2009

Source: "Bursting crackers on road triggers violence in Shahpur", 19.10.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Bursting-crackers-on-road-triggers-violence-in-Shahpur/articleshow/5136645.cms



Gomtinagar. A 10-year-old boy was seriously injured when a cracker bomb blew off in his hand while he was bursting crackers. Doctors said the damage done to his hand was irreparable. 18.10.2009

Source: "Several injured while bursting crackers", 20.10.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Several-injured-while-bursting-crackers/articleshow/5140207.cms



Ghaziabad. Fire broke out at three cloth and garment stores situated adjacent to each other in Gurudwara market under Garmukteshwar police station after a glowing stray cracker landed on a stock of firecrackers kept in one of the shops. The fire spread in the three shops. Two boys (16, 10) who were buying crackers from one of the shops were trapped in the fire. The older boy was charred to death while the younger one suffered severe burns.

Source: "1 killed, many injured in fire caused by crackers", 20.10.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/1-killed-many-injured-in-fire-caused-by-crackers/articleshow/5140213.cms



Hennur. Night patrolling cops of the Hennur police station noticed a cracker 'rocket' going down inside the godown of SS Enterprises in HRBR Layout. The cracker rocket was still burning when it went inside the godown. Within minutes, thick smoke started billowing out of the godown followed by flames. A large stock of teakwood pieces were completely reduced to ashes in the mishap. 19.10.2009

Source: "Cracker triggers fire at teakwood godown", 19.10.2009, http://www.deccanherald.com/content/31367/cracker-triggers-fire-teakwood-godown.html



J C Nagar. A man (32) was about to enter his house when a cracker rocket came right into his eye. According to the doctor, he is likely to loose vision in his right eye.

Source: "Man loses his right eye to cracker", 19.10.2009, http://www.deccanherald.com/content/31358/man-loses-his-right-eye.html



Purwa area of Unnao district. At least 20 people were injured when a bag of crackers kept in the luggage bracket of a private bus exploded. 29.10.2009

Source: "Twenty injured as bag of crackers explodes in bus", 29.10.2009, http://www.ptinews.com/news/353785_Twenty-injured-as-bag-of-crackers-explodes-in-bus



Purani Basti, Barkhera. A man (21) sustained serious burn injuries on October 29, 2009,  while lighting firecrackers. He was rushed to hospital where he died on November 1, 2009.

Source: "Woman dies as car overturns", 2.11.2009, http://www.centralchronicle.com/viewnews.asp?articleID=18269



Kanpur. A man (38) sustained serious burns when a bag full of firecrackers exploded inside his house following a short-circuit. 5.11.2009

Source: "Man sustains burns in mishap", 5.11.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kanpur/Man-sustains-burns-in-mishap/articleshow/5200790.cms



Panchkula. Four minors residing in slum area of sector-14 suffered burn injuries while they were playing with firecrackers outside their shanties. 5.11.2009

Source: "4 minors suffer burns", 6.11.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/4-minors-suffer-burns/articleshow/5201281.cms



Hardoi. Crackers stored in the house of a licenced cracker maker, went off, killing his two children and causing burns to their mother under Tadhiyava police station area. 27.11.2009

Source: "Two children killed in cracker blast2, 27.11.2009, http://www.ptinews.com/news/397797_Two-children-killed-in-cracker-blast



Kanyana village under Vittla police station. An explosion at an illegal cracker-manufacturing unit damaged nine houses apart from completely destroying the unit. 15.12.2009


"Illegal cracker unit catches fire", 16.12.2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/Illegal-cracker-unit-catches-fire/articleshow/5344922.cms

"Blast at explosives unit in Vittal", 16.12.2009, http://www.deccanherald.com/content/41688/blast-explosives-unit-vittal.html

"Mangalore: Illegal fire cracker unit blows up near Vittal", 17.12.2009, http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=local&newsid=160660





Anuppankulam. A worker (28) was charred to death in a fire that broke out in the godown of a cracker manufacturing unit. 7.2.2008

Source: "Fire in cracker unit: one killed", 8.2.2008, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7B73538DD4-EF27-4323-A411-7C1DD45368C5%7D&CATEGORYNAME=CHN



Two 'sutli bombs' (fire crackers) went off in the toilet of Dalmiya college in Malad's Sundernagar area while one more exploded inside a classroom. While one student has received minor injuries due to the stampede following the explosion, one more girl was injured as the firecracker exploded in her close proximity inside the classroom. 3.3.2008

Source :

"Cracker explosions in college injure two", 3.3.2008, http://www.hindustantimes.com/storypage/storypage.aspx?id=daf26a76-59fa-4946-b517-5cc20a141331&&Headline=Cracker+explosions+in+college+injure+two

"Cracker burst causes panic in Malad", 4.3.2008, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Cracker-burst-causes-panic-in-Malad-c/279983/



Sheik Alam Chowk locality in Jehanabad town of Bihar. Seven members of a family, including four women and three children, were killed when their illegal firecracker factory blew up while four others were seriously injured. The explosion could be heard for several kilometres with hundreds of household sensing the tremor caused by the blast. 19.4.2008


"Seven members of a family killed in cracker factory blast", 19.4.2008, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200804192040.htm 

"Seven killed in Bihar cracker unit blast", 19.4.2008, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/seven-killed-in-bihar-cracker-unit-blast_10039832.html

"Explosion in firecracker factory kills five in Jehanabad", 19.4.2008, http://www.patnadaily.com/news2008/apr/041908/explosion_kills_five.html



Asureshwar. Chandan Mallick (12) was killed and 16 others suffered burn injuries, 14 of them critically, when fire broke out during bursting of crackers as part of a religious function at Raghunath temple. While six of the injured had suffered almost 100 per cent burns, two had sustained 90 per cent burns and one person faced 80 per cent burn injuries. The devotees were bursting crackers when a flicker fell on stocks of crackers at the site, triggering a blast and major fire. 21.4.2008

Source: "One killed, 16 injured in fire during bursting of crackers", 22.4.2008, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEL20080421180144&Page=H&Title=Top+Stories&Topic=0



Neeladripuram in Cheepurupalle mandal. 17 people of a wedding procession were injured, two of them critical, when sparkles from crackers fell on the tractor carrying the marriage party. 30.4.2008

Source: "Wedding processionist succumbs to burns", 1.5.2008, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEA20080501030320&Page=A&Title=Southern+News+-+Andhra+Pradesh&Topic=0



Naduvoorkarai. A woman was killed and four other workers were injured in a fire that gutted a cracker-manufacturing unit. 14.5.2008

Source: "1 killed as cracker unit catches fire", 14.5.2008, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7B39C617E4-C121-416F-A47E-46395C0E3596%7D&CATEGORYNAME=CHN



Khammam. An illegal fire cracker storage point on the third floor of a building in the busy Nehru Market area suffered heavy damages. (The second floor of the building is being used for residential purpose, the ground floor has stationery shops.)

Source: "Explosion at illegal fire cracker shop", 5.6.2008, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEA20080605012244&Page=A&Title=Southern+News+-+Andhra+Pradesh&Topic=0



Dongri, Mumbai. Three girls (16, 22, 23) suffered injuries while bursting crackers near their residence. They suffered burn injuries on their hands, knees and parts of forehead after a spark from a fire cracker landed in the plastic bag near them containing fire crackers. 22.6.2008


"Mumbai hospital faces crowd outrage over molestation", 25.6.2008, http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080054349

"Hospital molestation case: Doctor, ward boy arrested", 26.6.2008, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Hospital-molestation-case-Doctor-ward-boy-arrested/327686/



Rayachoti. Two persons died in an explosion in a house near Old Post Office. The explosion took place while a man was manufacturing firecrackers. Two of his helpers died in the explosion and their bodies were blown into pieces. Five houses in the vicinity were damaged. 14.7.2008

Source: "2 die in cracker blast", 15.7.2008, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEA20080715030608&Page=A&Title=Southern+News+-+Andhra+Pradesh&Topic=0



Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)/Indien. At least eight people including five women and two children were killed in a massive blast in an illegal firecracker manufacturing unit in the Akkayapalem neighbourhood. Seven others were injured. There were fears that more people might be trapped under the debris as six families were living in the building. The unit collapsed completely. The collapse also affected neighbouring buildings. 17.7.2008


"Eight killed in firecracker explosion", 17.7.2008, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/eight-killed-in-firecracker-explosion_10072778.html

Eight killed in blast at Vizag cracker factory, 18.7.008, http://www.khaleejtimes.com/darticlen.asp?xfile=data/subcontinent/2008/July/subcontinent_July561.xml&section=subcontinent&col=



Moradabad district. Two women (27, 30) were killed when explosives used in crackers went off in an explosion in a house in Jhanda wali Sarai area in Pakwada police circle. 5.8.2008

Source: "Two killed as explosives used in crackers go off", 5.8.2008, http://www.saharasamay.com/samayhtml/articles.aspx?newsid=103556



Kakinada. Nine persons were seriously injured when the crackers they were carrying in a auto exploded. The mishap occurred as one of the crackers fired by a man, fell on the autorickshaw and sparked the explosion. 17.8.2008

Source: "14 Chiru fans hurt in cracker blasts", 8.18.2008, http://www.andhracafe.com/index.php?m=show&id=35942



Venkatapuram of Rambilli mandal in Visakhapatnam district. Five persons travelling in an auto rickshaw sustained burns when the vehicle caught fire as crackers being carried in it exploded accidentally. 17.8.2008

Source: "14 Chiru fans hurt in cracker blasts", 8.18.2008, http://www.andhracafe.com/index.php?m=show&id=35942



Kottarakara. Explosion at Maha Ganapathy temple killing two men and injuring three. The accident occurred when the shed, where firecrackers were stored, caught fire. 3.9.2008

Source: "Kottarakara: IG to investigate explosion in temple", 3.9.2008, http://keralaonline.com/news/kottarakara-ig-investigate-explosion-temple_3241.html



Nazir Hussain (40) died on September 9, 2008, of 90 per cent burns he suffered in the September 8, 2008, blast in a cracker factory in Maheshtala, on the southern fringes of the city.

Source: "Cracker mishap", 10.9.2008, http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080910/jsp/calcutta/story_9812675.jsp



Gunduripada village in Balasore district. A man (55) and four girls and two boys, all aged between nine and 20 years, died on the spot and a boy (14) was critically injured after firecrackers kept in the house of a firecrackers manufacturer in Orissa's Balasore district exploded. The blast occurred apparently after some of the crackers caught fire. Police were verifying whether the cracker unit has a license. 28.9.2008


"Seven killed while making crackers in Orissa", 28.9.2008, http://www.ptinews.com/pti/ptisite.nsf/0/6B5CCB2AD266FEBF652574D20054F6E6?OpenDocument 

"Seven killed as firecrackers explode in Orissa", 28.9.2008, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/seven-killed-as-firecrackers-explode-in-orissa_100101221.html 

"Five kids among 7 dead in firecracker blast", 29.9.2008, http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Five-kids-among-7-dead-in-firecracker-blast/367001 

"Balasore blast shatters their lives", 30.9.2008, http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?artid=lrCp%7CxfPzA0=&Title=Balasore+blast+shatters+their+lives&SectionID=mvKkT3vj5ZA=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=nUFeEOBkuKw=&SEO=

"Cracker unit blast toll mounts to 8", 29.9.2008, http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=&id=7ef19ca0-9a0c-434a-9473-6a0540878cf6&&Headline=Orissa's+cracker+unit+blast+toll+rises+to+8: The death toll mounted to eight on September 29, 2008, as a boy (14), who had sustained critical burns, succumbed to his injuries during treatment.



Five people were injured in a minor stampede at the Dusherra mela in Banthara police station area. The cracker fired after the burning of Ravan fell on a heap of other crackers kept nearby, triggering the stampede as people fell over each other to rush out. One of the injured succumbed later. 9.10.2008

Source: "1 killed, 4 injured in stampede in UP", 10.10.2008, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/1-killed--4-injured-in-stampede-in-UP/371741/



Kanpur. At least seven people, including four children and a woman, were injured in an explosion in Colonelganj district of the city. The minor explosion was seemingly caused by firecrackers. "It seems that a man had purchased firecrackers ahead of a festival on the end of this month, and he left his bag on his bicycle," an official said, "the firecrackers went off accidentally." 14.10.2008


"Seven injured in Kanpur blast", 14.10.2008, http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/27942 

"Kanpur 'blast'", 14.10.2008, http://www.telegraphindia.com/1081015/jsp/nation/story_9970545.jsp 

"Five injured in bomb last in India", 15.10.2008, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-10/15/content_10195134.htm 

"Kanpur blast: One arrested, 3 others detained", 15.10.2008, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/One-arrested--three-others-detained-for-Kanpur-blast/373703/

"Two shopkeepers held for Kanpur blast", 16.10.2008, http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Two-shopkeepers-held-for-Kanpur-blast/373897 

"Kanpur blast: two arrested", 16.10.2008, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/002200810151940.htm



India. A major tragedy was averted when a fire broke out in a storeroom storing crackers, in Kucha Number 10 at Field Ganj. Two men suffered burn injuries. While one of the them was shifting crackers from one room to the other, a cracker burst triggered the fire. 15.10.2008

Source: "Crackers cause fire in Field Ganj, 2 injured", 15.10.2008, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/crackers-cause-fire-in-field-ganj-2-injured/373584/



Lucknow. Rajendra Gupta (42) and his wife Sunita Gupta (37), parents of four children, were killed on the spot when over 50 kilograms of crackers which they were carrying home on a motorcycle, exploded while they were crossing the railway tracks near Malhaur railway halt in Chinhat police circle on the outskirts of the state capital and the motorcycle on which they were riding skidded.

The woman riding the pillion was carrying a cartoon in her lap while another cartoon was tied to carrier behind. The man riding the motorcycle apparently lost balance. The explosion was so powerful that the two victims were blown to pieces and their body parts scattered up to as far as 150 metres from the blast site and rendered beyond recognition.

Several other people sustained minor injuries. 17.10.2008


"Two carrying crackers dead in explosion near Lucknow", 17.10.2008, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200810171718.htm 

"Fireworks explode, couple blown to pieces", 18.10.2008, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Lucknow/Fireworks_explode_couple_blown_to_pieces/articleshow/3608716.cms 

"Couple dies after a sack full of crackers explodes", 18.10.2008, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/couple-dies-after-a-sack-full-of-crackers-explodes/375009/ 

"Two carrying crackers killed in explosion near Lucknow (Second Lead)", 18.10.2008, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/two-carrying-crackers-killed-in-explosion-near-lucknow-second-lead_100108566.html



Uttar Pradesh. Six policemen suffered burn injuries in a blast in the Unchahar police station in Rae Bareli district. A huge cache of illegal firecrackers were recovered and the blast took place when the policemen were keeping the explosives in the godown of the police station. 19.10.2008

Source: "Explosion in police station, six cops injured", 19.10.2008, http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Explosion+in+police+station,+six+cops+injured&artid=qdZfSQX7pcE=&SectionID=b7ziAYMenjw=&MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=&SectionName=pWehHe7IsSU=&SEO=



Deeg in the western state of Rajasthan. 9.20pm on Wednesday night, October 22, 2008, at least 18 people, including 10 children, have died after a huge explosion at an illegal fireworks workshop in a residential area. Another 20 people were injured. The blast was so powerful that it destroyed the factory set up in a home in a slum and brought down at least six neighbouring homes; walls of many other houses developed cracks. The death toll could rise as many of them are seriously injured. Rescue officials were trying to remove debris from the area to check if there were more survivors. - Later, nine more bodies were recovered from the debris; so the death toll has risen to 27. The deceased included 12 children and six women, 16 others injured were in hospital. Ten people allegedly involved in illegal manufacturing of firecrackers were arrested after the explosions.  

Of the 20 injured, one died in hospital October 23.

Preliminary investigations show an accidental spark ignited the explosives, resulting in a blast, after which a cooking gas cylinder also exploded. The police are sifting through the debris to ensure that there are no explosives left over which can cause untoward incidents.

The Bharatpur police also recovered more than over 1 tonne of explosives illegally stored in various houses in the area and registered six cases under the Explosives Act against eight persons.

Congress leaders visited Deeg on October 24, to condole the deaths of the 29 persons.


"Fire cracker explosions kill 18 in Rajasthan", 23.10.2008, http://howrah.org/india_news/34765.html 

"At least 20 killed in India fireworks blast", 23.10.2008, http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/news/international/At_least_20_killed_in_India_fireworks_blast.html?siteSect=143&sid=9880591&cKey=1224742076000&ty=ti

"India fireworks blast 'kills 23'", 23.10.2008, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7685583.stm 

"Update 3-At least 22 killed in India fireworks blast", 23.10.2008, http://in.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idINISL11590520081023?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0 

"27 dead in Bharatput firecracker explosion", 23.10.2008, http://www.ptinews.com/pti%5Cptisite.nsf/0/F5BB0BFCE06793A5652574EB00301D57?OpenDocument 

"Indian fireworks blast kills 25", 23.10.2008, http://voanews.com/english/2008-10-23-voa14.cfm 

"Blast in Rajasthan fireworks factory kills 26", 23.10.2008, http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14783307 

"Children die in blast at illegal cracker factory", 23.10.2008, http://www.telegraphindia.com/1081024/jsp/nation/story_10013615.jsp 

"Deeg blast: People still in a shock", 25.10.2008, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Jaipur/Deeg_blast_People_still_in_a_shock/articleshow/3638849.cms 

"Bharatpur blast toll climbs to 29", 24.10.2008, http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=&id=52d3e6f7-9f18-4ecf-8e64-ca61aa022b69&&Headline=Bharatpur+blast+toll+climbs+to+29 

"Bharatpur illegal firecracker unit blast kills 25, injures 16", 23.10.2008, http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Bharatpur-illegal-firecracker-unit-blast-kills-25--injures-16/377172

"Firecracker explosion kills 29 in Rajasthan", 24.10.2008, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Cracker_blast_kills_29_in_Rajasthan/articleshow/3634791.cms 

"Children orphaned in firecracker blast", 25.10.2008, http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080070012&ch=10/25/2008%2012:08:00%20PM

Deeg im Bundesstaat Rajasthan/Westen Indien. Bei einer Explosion in einer illegalen Feuerwerksfabrik kamen 29 Menschen ums Leben, darunter zwölf Kinder. 19 weitere Personen wurden verletzt. Die Detonation war so heftig, dass sechs Häuser einstürzten. Zehn Menschen, die in die illegale Herstellung der Feuerwerkskörper verwickelt sein sollen, wurden festgenommen.


"25 Tote bei Explosion in indischer Feuerwerksfabrik", 23.10.2008, http://de.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idDEBEE49M0JB20081023

"27 Tote bei Explosion in Feuerwerksfabrik in Indien", 23.10.2008, http://www.swissinfo.ch/ger/news/newsticker/17_Tote_bei_Explosion_in_Feuerwerksfabrik_in_Indien.html?siteSect=146&sid=9881016&cKey=1224745570000&ty=ti&positionT=4


New Delhi. At least three cars were severely damaged in a fire that broke out in front of a house in C Block in Greater Kailash-I. According to the fire fighters, the probable cause of the fire could have been a sporadic firecracker that landed on one of the cars. 25.10.2008

Source: "Crackers cause blaze, 3 cars gutted in GK", 26.10.2008, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Delhi/__Crackers_cause_blaze_3_cars_gutted_in_GK_/articleshow/3643344.cms



Orissa. Akhya Muduli (34), Sudarsan Pradhan (24) and Jayanta Pradhan (32) were killed on the spot in a firecracker explosion. They were carrying firecrackers on a motorcycle. 25.10.2008

Source: "Firecracker blast kills three in Orissa", 27.10.2008, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/firecracker-blast-kills-three-in-orissa_100112046.html



At least three cars were severely damaged in a fire that broke out in front of a house in C Block in Greater Kailash-I. According to the fire fighters, the probable cause of the fire could have been a sporadic firecracker that landed on one of the cars. 25.10.2008

Source: "Crackers cause blaze, 3 cars gutted in GK", 26.10.2008, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Delhi/__Crackers_cause_blaze_3_cars_gutted_in_GK_/articleshow/3643344.cms



Nine persons, two of them women and three children, sustained burns in a major fire that broke out in the evening in all the 13 cracker shops approved by the district administration in the campus of Bharat Scout and Guide. The fire, which was reportedly caused by a short circuit, destroyed crackers worth about Rs 20 lakh. Four two-wheelers were also gutted. The entire field was engulfed in thick smoke, causing a near stampede. 26.10.2008

Source: "Short-circuit triggers fire at cracker shops, nine injured", 27.10.2008, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/shortcircuit-triggers-fire-at-cracker-shops-nine-injured/378406/



Pune. A fire broke out atop a building on the busy Kelkar road near Appa Balwant chowk after a fire cracker landed on the terrace. 26.10.2008

Source: "Fire cracker leads to blaze in building", 27.10.2008, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Pune/Fire_cracker_leads_to_blaze_in_building/articleshow/3643993.cms



Bangalore. A girl (12) sustained eye injury when she played with the chemicals taken out from spent firecrackers. 27.10.2008

Source: "Diwali disasters: 45 hurt in cracker chaos", 29.10.2008, http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Diwali+disasters:+45+hurt+in+cracker+chaos&artid=Q2CxXfZLLN4=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&SEO=DIWALI&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==



A swift blaze gutted 30 huts belonging to workers building the new management science premises on the campus of Ramdeobaba Karnla Nehru Engineering College. Around 7 p.m., an errant 'rocket' firecracker entered one of the huts and lighted it. The flames soon engulfed the hut and leaped to adjoining huts, reduced around 30 huts to ashes.

In all, property worth Rs 3 lakh was gutted but there were no human casualties. 28.10.2008

Source: "30 huts gutted in Diwali night blaze", 30.10.2008, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Nagpur/30_huts_gutted_in_Diwali_night_blaze/articleshow/3652917.cms



Bangalore. As many as 25 people have been admitted to various eye hospitals on October 28, 2008, following eye injuries they received while bursting of crackers during the Deepavali Festival. Two of them, whose condition was critical, are likely to lose their eye sight following severe injuries. 40 per cent of those are children below age of 14. Most of the injuries were caused by bursting rockets, bombs and flowerpots.

Source: "Festival of lights turns into darkness for 25 (with pictures)", 28.10.2008, http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=98767



Bihar's Gopalganj district. A man had bought some firecrackers for selling them during the Diwali, but an earthen lamp accidentally fell on the crackers and led to an explosion of the crackers and to a major fire. His two sons (13, 7) and his nephew (12) died on the spot. Another family member was seriously injured. 28.10.2008


"Three children killed in firecracker explosion", 28.10.2008, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200810281711.htm 

"Diwali celebrated across India", 28.10.2008, http://www.ptinews.com/pti\ptisite.nsf/0/280CFAD2A125B4B3652574F00046D8CE?OpenDocument



Calcutta. A blaze broke out in a rubber footwear factory in a Picnic Garden neighbourhood that was celebrating Diwali, prompting a firefight that stretched beyond four hours at 1 a.m. Factory authorities blamed firecrackers but law-enforcement officials refused to confirm this. 28.10.2008


"Factory fire in Calcutta", 28.10.2008, http://www.telegraphindia.com/1081029/jsp/bengal/story_10033294.jsp

"Two fire incidents in Kolkoata on Diwali night", 29.10.2008, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/two-fire-incidents-in-kolkata-on-diwali-night_100112519.html



Chandigarh. A 32-year-old woman, Sharda Devi, is battling for her life after receiving 90 per cent burns. Her son said, Sharda received injuries when her silk sari caught fire after a cracker hit her. She was watching her two sons light crackers when one of the crackers went in a wrong direction accidentally and hit her. 28.10.2008

Source: "Festival of lights brings darkness in many lives", 30.10.2008, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/festival-of-lights-brings-darkness-in-many-lives/379177/



Hyderabad. As many as 69 persons suffered eye injuries while bursting crackers during the Diwali celebrations in the city since October 28, 2008.

Source: "69 injured while bursting crackers", 30.10.2008, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Hyderabad/69_injured_while_bursting_crackers/articleshow/3652991.cms



Jahangirpuri area of Northwest District. Fire broke out in the hutments around 10.30 p.m. At least 25 fire-fighting tenders were pressed into service and the flames were doused only after midnight. Three people suffered burn injuries. "The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. But it seems it started because of firecrackers," said a fire brigade official. 28.10.2008


"200 accidents in Delhi on Diwali; 150 huts gutted", 30.10.2008, http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=World_News&subsection=India&month=October2008&file=World_News2008103025948.xml 

"Three injured, 150 hutments gutted in Jahangirpuri blaze", 30.10.2008, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/three-injured-150-hutments-gutted-in-jahangirpuri-blaze/379163/



Kannauj district, Uttar Pradesh. At least 20 people suffered burns, while 10 lost their vision, when cracker shops caught fire at the night of October 28, 2008 in Tirwa locality, a market place in Kannauj. – Even as the exact cause behind the accident is yet to be ascertained, police said prima-facie it appears that the shops caught fire from cigarettes left behind by the customers.

Source: "10 lose vision as cracker shops catch fire", 29.10.2008, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/10-lose-vision-as-cracker-shops-catch-fire_100112727.html



Pune/Western India. 35 fire breaks were recorded on October 28, 2008 and majority of the incidents were because of irresponsible bursting of crackers.

Source: "35 fire incidents reported in city", 31.10.2008, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Pune/35_fire_incidents_reported_in_city/articleshow/3656602.cms



Srirampuram. A minor tussle over bursting of firecrackers turned ugly when two groups, a majority of them women, resorted to stone-throwing. The incident took place at Ramakrishna Seva Nagar, near Ambedkar colony, when a cracker bursted by a boy hit another boy. 28.10.2008

Source: "Bursting of firecrackers triggers stone-throwing", 30.10.2008, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Bangalore/Bursting_of_firecrackers_triggers_stone-throwing/articleshow/3653321.cms



Udham Singh Nagar district in Uttarakhand. A sudden fire broke out in a cracker stall, and soon spread and engulfed as many as 193 cracker stalls. A man (50) was charred to death while many others were injured while trying to escape. At least five fire tenders were rushed to douse the fire, which also engulfed the vehicles parked nearby. 28.10.2008


"Diwali celebrated across India", 28.10.2008, http://www.ptinews.com/pti\ptisite.nsf/0/280CFAD2A125B4B3652574F00046D8CE?OpenDocument 

"One killed in massive fire in cracker stalls in Uttarakhand", 29.10.2008, http://www.dailyindia.com/show/279375.php

"127 fire cracker stalls catch fire, one killed", 28.10.2008, http://www.mynews.in/fullstory.aspx?storyid=11983



Around 2,000 people were arrested for bursting sound crackers on the occasion of Kali Puja and Diwali in West Bengal, between October 28 and 29, 2008, police said. According to the city police, another 800 people were arrested in Kolkata for bursting sound crackers.

Source: "2,000 arrested in West Bengal for noise pollution", 30.10.2008, http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/ET_Cetera/2K_arrested_in_WB_for_noise_pollution/articleshow/3653653.cms



Calcutta. A fire broke out in a house in Ballygunge area. Eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot to put out the blaze. The locals said the fire was caused by firecrackers thrown from a building.

Source: "Two fire incidents in Kolkoata on Diwali night", 29.10.2008, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/two-fire-incidents-in-kolkata-on-diwali-night_100112519.html



Chunal Oli, Maskasath. Around 5.40 a.m., a major fire broke out in a limestone shop. A firecracker was responsible. Goods worth Rs 1 lakh were damaged. 29.10.2008

Source: "30 huts gutted in Diwali night blaze", 30.10.2008, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Nagpur/30_huts_gutted_in_Diwali_night_blaze/articleshow/3652917.cms



Dahisar suburb of northwest Mumbai. Six vehicles and an electric metre cabin were torched by four youths about 3 a.m. in Dahisar suburb after a heated argument over lighting up of Diwali firecrackers by people objected to the neighbourhood children lighting up firecrackers where their vehicles were parked.

Source: "6 vehicles torched after heated words on bursting crackers", 29.10.2008, http://www.sindhtoday.net/south-asia/32009.htm



Banglaore. A nine-month-old puppy died of shock caused by firecrackers in Mico Layout in the city.

Source: "Firecracker smoke hits asthmatics most", 30.10.2008, http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1202115&pageid=2



An explosion took place in the electricity meter device outside the chief judicial magistrate's court in Sultanpur district. A fire cracker placed near the electricity meter box went off, leading to the blast, a Superintendent of Police told. 19.11.2008

Source: "Explosion in Uttar Pradesh district court", 20.11.2008, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/explosion-in-uttar-pradesh-district-court_100121192.html





Poolavoorani village. Three women died in a fire at a cracker unit and three other women were seriously injured. The fire broke out when the crackers produced at the unit were being tested just outside a shed where six women were engaged in packaging works. 5.1.2007


"Fire at cracker unit near Sivakasi", 6.1.2007, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7B800AF944-9F3E-44D6-AECB-ED9C3CBEC3FB%7D&CATEGORYNAME=TAMNA

"Three women die in fire at fireworks unit", 6.1.2007, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200701061863.htm



Venikkulam. A cracker burst near a meeting venue of senior Congress leader and former chief minister Oommen Chandy, creating panic for a while. No one was hurt. 17.1.2007 

Source: "Cracker bursts near Chandy's meeting venue", 18.1.2007, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200701181321.htm



Duraisamipuram near Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu. Three workers, including two women, were charred to death and eight others suffered burns in an explosion at a fireworks factory. Fire broke out at 3 p.m. following an explosion due to the use of wrong proportion while mixing explosive chemicals, police said. 24.1.2007


"Blast in cracker unit leaves 3 dead", 25.1.2007, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IET20070124233025&Page=T&Title=Southern+News+-+Tamil+Nadu&Topic=0

"Blast in fireworks factory, 3 killed", 25.1.2007, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7B4167C9D2-EBDB-405B-BE2B-6A36E099AE9D%7D&CATEGORYNAME=CHN



Vashi. A family was watching a fireworks display at a wedding when suddenly a firecracker string burst very close to where they were standing. The son (7 month) almost lost his eyesight, when he was hit by a cracker. "His cornea was torn, the lens had ruptured and he had developed a cataract." said a doctor. 10.2.2007

Source: "Freak accident may cost toddler his eye", 14.2.2007, http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1079850



Anaiyur (near Sivakasi). Three women workers suffered serious burn injuries when a fireworks unit caught fire and exploded. 13.2.2007

Source: "Three women injured in fireworks unit", 13.2.2007, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7B2FD71B73-2BFE-429C-A25C-2FBAC0C6A073%7D&CATEGORYNAME=TAMNA

"Explosion in fireworks unit kills three", 14.2.2007, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200702141250.htm and "3 cracker unit workers succumb to burns", 14.2.2007, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7B3C3B9F80-416E-4F1D-BA89-70189DE653CF%7D&CATEGORYNAME=Tamil+Nadu: While Manickam (22) and Veeralakshmi (27) died last night, Lakshmi (48) died early today, February 14. The women were injecting chemicals into fancy fireworks in a shed. The fireworks stocked in the shed caught fire in extreme heat and exploded.



Nemom. Four men were injured in a fireworks mishap during a procession taken out at the Idamala Siva Temple. Two houses were damaged in the incident. 15.2.2007

Source: "Four injured in fireworks mishap", 16.2.2007, http://www.newindpress.com



Pookode in Edayur panchayat of Malappuram district. Five persons were killed and another five persons were injured in an explosion in an unlicensed cracker manufacturing unit. The powerful explosion hurled some of the bodies about half a kilometre away and pieces of human flesh were strewn all over the area. The cracker building was completely destroyed and houses in the vicinity were also damaged. 31.3.2007


"Five killed in explosion in cracker unit", 31.3.2007, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/India/Five_killed_in_explosion_in_cracker_unit/articleshow/1839361.cms

"5 killed in blast at fireworks unit in Malappuram", 1.4.2007, http://www.hindu.com/2007/04/01/stories/2007040114750100.htm

"Toll in cracker factory blast goes up to six", 1.4.2007, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200704011511.htm: Only five persons were reported dead yesterday as the bodies were blown into pieces by the explosion. But the autopsies confirmed that six persons had died. Four persons who sustained serious burn injuries are being treated at hospitals.



Keelthiruthangal village near Sivakasi. Two persons were killed - Samuel (40) died on the spot, while Senthipandi (23) succumbed to burns at the hospital - and three others sustained serious injuries following a blast in a fireworks manufacturing unit. Sparks from chemicals for making crackers might have triggered the blast around 8.45am. 5.4.2007

Source: "2 killed, 3 hurt in cracker unit blast", 6.4.2007, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IET20070406012815&Page=T&Title=Southern+News+-+Tamil+Nadu&Topic=0



Kozhikode city in Kerala. Six persons - Midhunlal (17); K.P. Appootty (81), owner of the shop; Rahul (16), an employee of the shop; Anoop (24); Vinod Raigon (16) and Joseph (62) - were charred to death and more than 50 other injured - four of them were stated to be serious - in a major fire that broke out in a busy commercial area. Most of the injured were customers and shop employees.

While three bodies were recovered from a wholesale cracker shop within a shopping complex on Mithai Street, from where the fire was noticed first, two more were recovered from neighbouring shops and another body was found later during rescue operations in the area.

The fire broke out in a Kerala Stationery Mart, a firecracker shop, at 9.50am. The fire soon spread to nearby Bharat Stationery, also a firecracker shop, and to nearby shops. Witnesses said the fire was preceded by two massive blasts. More than 30 shops were gutted in the incident.

Police said preliminary reports indicated the blaze was caused by an electrical short-circuit. 5.4.2007


"Fire in Kozhikode, 5 killed", 5.4.2007, http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20070007816 

"Major blaze at cracker shop kills six", 5.4.2007, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7BFAAAAEC1-B396-4BA5-88DD-1F9AF08B3329%7D&CATEGORYNAME=NATL

"Fire kills five, injures 50 in Calicut", 5.4.2007, http://www.sahilonline.org/english/coastalnews.asp?nid=2635&sid=579838069

"Four killed in blaze at Kozhikode's famed Mithai Street", 6.4.2007, http://www.gulfnews.com/world/India/10116342.html

"6 killed in blast in Kozhikode", 6.4.2007, http://www.hindu.com/2007/04/06/stories/2007040614120100.htm

"Probe into Kozhikode fire tragedy begins; toll seven", 7.4.2007, http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=World_News&subsection=India&month=April2007&file=World_News200704077522.xml: The death toll mounted to seven yesterday, with another charred body being recovered from the debris.

"Crime Branch to probe Kozhikode fire", 7.4.2007, http://www.hindu.com/2007/04/07/stories/2007040713220100.htm: A special investigation team of the Crime Branch will inquire into the fire accident in Kozhikode which claimed seven lives on April 5.

"Banned chemical identified in Kozhikode", 8.4.2007, http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=World_News&subsection=India&month=April2007&file=World_News2007040815153.xml: Kerala Forensic experts at the Kozhikode blaze site have initially ruled out sabotage, suggesting that the use of the banned potassium chlorate in firecrackers had enhanced their explosive impact.



Chendrayanpalli near Gudiyatham. Three persons have been charred to death and 10 injured when a cracker-laden autorickshaw caught fire and explodet during Ramnavami celebrations. Crackers were being carried in the auto when sparks from a fireworks display fell on the vehicle and the crackers along with the vehicle exploded, killing Akash (12), Paul Thinakaran (27) and Ashok Kumar (37). 6.4.2007

Source: "Three killed, 10 injured as cracker-laden auto explodes", 8.4.2007, http://www.newindpress.com



Nagapalayam (near Srivilliputhur). Rajkumar (28) was killed on the spot, when a cracker exploded while being made in a cracker factory. The fire spread to the nearby sheds, injuring four others, including three women, serious. 12.5.2007


"Fire in cracker factory kills one, injures four", 12.5.2007, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200705121652.htm

"Fire in TN cracker factory kills one, injures four", 12.5.2007, http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=577d9d60-f9e7-4f96-a040-8553925e5f7f&&Headline=Fire+in+TN+cracker+factory+kills+one%2c+injures+four



Rohtak. At least three workers were killed and 11 others were injured when a devastating fire broke out in Raj Luxmi Fire Works Factory, triggering explosions. 9.6.2007


"Three charred to death, 11 injured in Rohtak fire", 9.6.2007, http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/view/4471/38/

"Three killed, 11 injured in cracker factory fire", 10.6.2007, http://www.saharasamay.com/samayhtml/articles.aspx?newsid=77329



Narayanapuram. Two women workers were killed and five others suffered serious injuries in a fire that swept through a cracker manufacturing factory. The fire broke out when a cracker exploded in one of the sheds and it spread to nearby sheds. 12.6.2007

Source: "Two killed in cracker unit blaze", 12.6.2007, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200706121440.htm or http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/004200706121440.htm

"Cracker unit fire toll reaches five", 13.6.2007, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7BB6085234-3B56-41DC-83F9-F9A3E53E4504%7D&CATEGORYNAME=TAMNA and "4 killed in Sivakasi cracker unit fire", 13.6.2007, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IET20070612235612&Page=T&Title=Southern+News+-+Tamil+Nadu&Topic=0: The toll in yesterday's blaze has risen to five with two women succumbing to burns at the hospital last night and another woman today. The condition of two more women is stated to be serious.



Purushottampur in Panskura area of East Midnapore district. Two members of a family were killed and three others were seriously injured when explosives used for making firecrackers went off at their home. 28.6.2007

Source: "Two killed in explosion", 28.6.2007, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200706282072.htm



Vadamalapuram in the Sivakasi block of Virudhunagar district. Two workers were killed in an explosion at a fireworks factory. The explosion happened while the workers were mixing chemicals for the fireworks. Amalraj (48) died on the spot, Vairavan (35) succumbed to his injuries at hospital. Another man, who was passing by the factory, sustained a head injury when a stone hit his head from the impact of the blast. 7.7.2007

Source: "2 killed in Sivakasi cracker unit blast", 8.7.2007, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IET20070707221741&Page=T&Title=Southern+News+-+Tamil+Nadu&Topic=0



Pankapal village. Bapi Mandal (26) was killed and two others seriously injured when an explosion occurred at an illegal cracker manufacturing unit, when the three persons, all belonging to the same family, were making crackers in a deserted house of the village. 10.7.2007 

Source: "One killed, two injured in explosion", 11.7.2007, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/One_killed_two_injured_in_explosion/articleshow/2195172.cms



Farrukhnagar village (near Sahibabad), Ghaziabad. A blast in a fire cracker factory, being run from a double-storeyed house in a residential area, injured 12 people, including five children. A small fire broke out in the house and a pile of crackers caught fire that resulted in the blast. The house collapsed due to the impact of he blast. Five nearby houses were also damaged in the explosion. The owner of the house was a licence-holder for manufacturing and storing crackers and kept the crackers stored in a room in the first floor. 26.7.2007


"Cracker factory blast injures 12 in Sahibabad", 26.7.2007, http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=247736

"Five kids among 12 injured in Ghaziabad blast", 26.7.2007, http://www.saharasamay.com/samaythml/articles.aspx?newsid=81127



Kandipara village in Kalna of Burdwan, West Bengal. A fire broke out at Kandipara Primary School building after an electric bulb suddenly burst in the room where nearly 40 villagers were making firecrackers. The explosives stacked in the room immediately caught fire by the sparks and the room turned into an inferno. While a few managed to flee, others were caught in the flames and three persons died on the spot.

At least 28 people, including children and women, were injured; 18 of them were seriously injured - seven of them sustained 90 per cent burns – and ten others were discharged after first aid. Four of the injured succumbed to their injuries later in the hospital while the condition of another five is critical.

The villagers were making fireworks for display at the ongoing, three-day Jhapan festival at Kadipara. The fireworks are manufactured inside the school every year, without any permission from the school council.

The walls of the room looked like a shelled bunker in wartime. There was at least 50 kg of explosives in the room. 30.7.2007


"Five killed in firecracker explosion in Bengal", 30.7.2007, http://www.khabrein.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3340&Itemid=88

"Six killed, 17 injured in fire", 30.7.2007, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/485200707301440.htm

"Dazzle heap explodes, seven dead", 30.7.2007, http://www.telegraphindia.com/1070731/asp/bengal/story_8129247.asp

"Firecrackers explode in school, 6 killed", 30.7.2007, http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=1&theme=&usrsess=1&id=164514

"Seven killed as explosives catch fire in Kalna school", 31.7.2007, http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=248486



Valangaiman village. The son of the unit's owner (26) was killed and two labourers seriously injured in an explosion at a licensed cracker manufacturing unit. 18.8.2007


"1 killed in TN cracker unit blast", 18.8.2007, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7B36B41613-367C-4DAF-924C-3E1A1EE42FE3%7D&CATEGORYNAME=TAMNA or http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/004200708181522.htm



Zafarganj area. The house owner and two others were seriously injured when a powerful explosion rocked a fire crackers factory. A major part of the house was reduced to debris. 23.8.2007 

Source: "Blast at fire crackers factory; three injured", 24.8.2007, http://www.saharasamay.com/samayhtml/articles.aspx?newsid=83123



Kumbakonam. A tin container which was attached to one of the crackers burst along with it and caused the pieces to scatter. Some of them pierced Keerthivasan (16) who was watching the fireworks display, due to a wedding reception, from the terrace of his grandfather's house. He succumbed on the way to the hospital. 25.8.2007

Source: "Boy killed in freak cracker blast", 27.8.2007, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IET20070827003431&Page=T&Title=Southern+News+-+Tamil+Nadu&Topic=0



Jeevangarh locality. Three persons, including a three-year-old child, were killed and 15 others injured in an explosion at a house where fire crackers were manufactured. At least two adjoining mud huts collapsed after the explosion. A number of people are believed to be buried under the debris. 27.8.2007

Source: "Three killed in explosion", 27.8.2007, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200708271820.htm



Kalapara village at Narayanpur. Three child labourers – Shahrukh Ali (10), Hassan Ali (11) and Sahana Khatun (12) - died in a massive explosion which took place at an unauthorised illegal fireworks factory. They worked at the factory at a daily wage of Rs 20. The children were making rocket-fireworks. While pouring gunpowder into the shells of the crackers, suddenly a shell exploded. Fire immediately spread in the factory.

One child died on the spot, the other two were admitted to a hospital with more than 80 per cent burns. They died of cardiac failure a few hours later. 28.8.2007


"Three child labourers die in fireworks factory blast", 28.8.2007, http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=253376

"Three kids killed in cracker unit blaze", 28.8.2007, http://www.telegraphindia.com/1070829/asp/calcutta/story_8248458.asp 



The death toll in the cracker blast case at a temple fest in Thazhamkuppam near Ennore on September 16, has risen to seven, with four more persons succumbing to injuries. Police said the blast occurred when a spark from a fireworks display accidentally landed on a boy (12) who was carrying a bundle of crackers to the temple precincts. The boy panicked when the cracker fell on him and threw it on the crowd nearby. September 16, a woman died on the spot and about 30 others were seriously injured. Two people died at hospital on September 19 and four more persons succumbed to injuries at hospital on September 20.


"Woman dies in firecracker burst at temple festival", 18.9.2007, http://www.hindu.com/2007/09/18/stories/2007091860310400.htm

"Temple festival marred by fireworks, one dies", 17.9.2007, http://newstodaynet.com/17sep/ld7.htm

"Cracker blast toll rises to seven" , 20.9.2007, http://newstodaynet.com/20sep/ld9.htm  

"Temple fire toll goes up to 7", 21.9.2007, http://www.hindu.com/2007/09/21/stories/2007092162000500.htm



Gowreesapattom. A man (33) suffered minor burns and injuries on head, right hand and chest following an explosion at his residence. His house was also damaged. According to police, certain dud firecrackers collected from a nearby temple had exploded. 19.9.2007

Source: Hurt in blast at Gowreesapattom, 20.9.2007, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEO20070919191435&Page=O&Headline=Hurt+in+blast+at+Gowreesapattom&Title=Thiruvananthapuram&Topic=0



Peeru Banda Mohalla in Salem Tabri locality. A blast in an illegal manufacturing fire cracker factory on the first floor of his house, left the owner (40) dead while his wife received burns on her face and his 15-year-old son suffered 70 percent burns of his body. The explosive raw material of the crackers caught fire, causing a gas cylinder kept nearby to explode. The whole house got damaged, while a part of the roof collapsed to the ground. 23.9.2007


"One killed in an illegal cracker unit blast", 23.9.2007, http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=b7e71ed2-3605-4ecc-9a50-6aff5638eb3b&&Headline=One+killed+in+an+illegal+cracker+unit+blast

"Cracker unit blast kills owner", 24.9.2007, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Chandigarh/Cracker_unit_blast_kills_owner/articleshow/2396166.cms 

"Blast at illegal cracker-making unit 4 killed", 24.9.2007, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Blast-at-illegal-crackermaking-unit-1-killed/220431/



Hooghly village. A blaze at an illegal firecracker unit left four workers (35, 9, 7, 8) charred and one injured. 24.9.2007


"Burial bid after cracker fire kills kids", 25.9.2007, http://www.telegraphindia.com/1070926/asp/bengal/story_8362566.asp

"4 killed in cracker factory fire", 26.9.2007, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/4_killed_in_factory_fire_in_Kolkata/articleshow/2403303.cms



Kakori. Blast in a licensed cracker factory lead to the death of a boy (14), while his brother (20) and his sister (10) received burn injuries. They were engaged in making crackers in the factory. 1.10.2007


"Blast in cracker factory, one dead", 2.10.2007, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Lucknow/Blast_in_cracker_factory_one_dead/articleshow/2421296.cms

"One dead, two injured in blast", 2.10.2007, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/One-dead-two-injured-in-blast/223234/



Delhi. A major fire engulfed a fire cracker factory.

Source: "Fire in cracker factory", 5.10.2007, http://www.saharasamay.com/samayhtml/articles.aspx?newsid=86292



Katra Mednipur town. Three members of a family were killed and as many seriously injured when explosive material stored in their cracker factory exploded. 12.10.2007

Source: "Three killed in cracker factory blast", 13.10.2007, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200710131440.htm



Raipur Phulwari village. In a blast in a cracker factory at their house, the owner of the factory Anees Ahmed, his two sons and two daughters were killed and two others were critically injured. 12.10.2007

Source: "Five of a family die in cracker factory blast near Amethi", 12.10.2007, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Five_of_a_family_die_in_cracker_factory_blast_near_Amethi/articleshow/2451925.cms



Rajahmundry. Crackers stored on the second floor of a three-storied house in Venkateswara Matam street off Ganesh Chowk near Devi Chowk centre exploded leaving one person dead and six injured. The blast occurred as the victim's family members were manufacturing crackers in the house. Five other houses were damaged. The injured were all neighbours and suffered injuries when the concrete slab on the building fell on their houses. 12.10.2007


"1 dead, 6 hurt in cracker blast", 13.10.2007, http://www.newindpress.com

"Crackers explode in Rajahmundry; 1 killed", 13.10.2007, http://www.hindu.com/2007/10/13/stories/2007101350900100.htm



Dholpur district. Seven people suffered burn injuries when firecrackers, kept in the jeep they were travelling in, burst. 

Source: "Fire crackers in jeep go off", 13.10.2007, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7B27CF2083-F451-4D5C-B08F-CB0384040B56%7D&CATEGORYNAME=NATL



Six persons, including two minors, were injured in an explosion at a cracker factory on Guna-Gwalior bypass road near Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh. 14.10.2007


"Six injured in factory explosion", 14.10.2007, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200710141550.htm

"6 injured", 15.10.2007, http://www.telegraphindia.com/1071015/asp/nation/story_8436139.asp



At least eight persons, including two women and two children, were injured in an accident during Ravanapodi. The mishap took place when firecrackers were being lit as part of the function. 22.10.2007 

Source: "Eight people injured during Ravanpodi", http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=9&theme=&usrsess=1&id=174117



Suthakulam village near Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu. One worker was killed and seven others were seriously injured in an explosion at a fireworks manufacturing unit. The building was razed to the ground under the impact of the explosion. 29.10.2007


"Eight injured in explosion at fireworks manufacturing unit", 29.10.2007, http://www.newkerala.com/oct.php?action=fullnews&id=15390

"One killed in explosion at fireworks manufacturing unit", 29.10.2007, http://www.newkerala.com/oct.php?action=fullnews&id=15393

"Toll in explosion at fireworks unit rises to two", 31.10.2007, http://www.newkerala.com/oct.php?action=fullnews&id=15922: The toll in the explosion at a fireworks manufacturing unit at Suthakulam village rose to two. M Vinod Kumar (17) died at hospital on October 31.



Madhupura village. At least nine persons, including five women, received severe burns after a cracker store caught fire. The mishap occurred when a bulb burst in the store. 31.10.2007


"Nine persons injured in fire", 1.11.2007, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200711011421.htm 

"Nine injured as crackers burst", 2.11.2007, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEQ20071102042617&Page=Q&Headline=Nine+injured+as+crackers+burst&Title=ORISSA&Topic=0



Joshiwada, Shahinayatgunj locality in the Old City. Two adults and 11 child workers all in the age group of 8-14 years, suffered severe burns in a major blast at an illegal cracker-manufacturing factory. Most of them suffered third degree burns (over 90 per cent). Each child was offered a wage of Rs. 10 for making 100 crackers by the houseowner. The blast was so powerful that doors and windows were ripped apart. 1.11.2007


"11 children injured in explosion at fire cracker unit in Hyderabad", 2.11.2007, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/11_children_injured_in_fire_crackers_explosion_in_Hyderabad/articleshow/2511625.cms

"10 kids hurt in cracker unit blast", 2.11.2007, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Hyderabad/10_kids_hurt_in_cracker_unit_blast/articleshow/2510401.cms 

"Blast leaves 11 children with burns", 2.11.2007, http://www.hindu.com/2007/11/02/stories/2007110258410100.htm

"Kid injured in cracker blast dies", 3.11.2007, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Hyderabad/Kid_injured_in_cracker_blast_dies/articleshow/2513707.cms and "Student dies in cracker blast", 3.11.2007, http://www.hindu.com/2007/11/03/stories/2007110360210500.htm:  A boy (15) succumbed to burns on November 2.

"Cracker blast toll rises to 2", 4.11.2007, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Hyderabad/Cracker_blast_toll_rises_to_2/articleshow/2515840.cms: Another boy (10) succumbed to injuries on November 3.

"5 kids die from cracker unit blast", 5.11.2007, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Hyderabad/5_kids_die_from_cracker_unit_blast/articleshow/2517829.cms and "Crackers unit blast toll seven", 5.11.2007, http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=data/subcontinent/2007/November/subcontinent_November202.xml&section=subcontinent&col=: Five of the children (15, 10, 14, 10, 13) succumbed to burns on November 4. The toll in the incident mounted to seven.

"Crackers unit blast toll 11", 7.11.2007, http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=data/subcontinent/2007/November/subcontinent_November281.xml&section=subcontinent&col= and "Children die in illegal factory operation", 6.11.2007, http://story.malaysiasun.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/b8de8e630faf3631/id/297857/cs/1/: The death toll mounted to 11 with three more persons succumbing to their injury in the hospital. On November 5, a woman died while three more injured children succumbed to their injuries on November 6. The two other victims were also in a critical condition as they had also suffered more than 60 per cent burns.



Langewadi village, Maharashtras Sangli area. Four people were charred to death and one seriously injured when a tanker carrying firecrackers in the driver's cabin exploded. The fire caused the tanker engine to burst. 2.11.2007

Source: "Four killed as firecrackers explode in vehicle", 2.11.2007, http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/135047.html



Mandhana locality. Vijay Shukla, a college student, was injured when firecrackers kept in a house exploded on November 2; he succumbed to his injuries on November 3, 2007.

Source: "One killed as firecrackers explode in house", 3.11.2007, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200711031524.htm



Manek Chowk. Three of the five major fire cracker shops gutted to cinders in the market behind Jumma Masjid area. Fire officials hinge their theories on a careless rocket that sparked off from a roadside vendor and burst in a cracker shop 10 metres away. 7.11.2007.

Source: "Cracker shops gutted in Manek Chowk", 8.11.2007, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Ahmedabad/Cracker_shops_gutted_in_Manek_Chowk/articleshow/2526836.cms



Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. A major fire in a firecracker market at Vyapar Mela Maidan (Trade Fair Ground) gutted 618 shops, over 100 two-wheelers, injured a dozen people and is estimated to have caused a loss to property worth over Rs. 50 million. 7.11.2007


"Over 400 shops gutted in Gwalior fire", 7.11.2007, http://www.dailyindia.com/show/189421.php/Over-400-shops-gutted-in-Gwalior-fire

"Property worth Rs.50 mn gutted in Gwalior fire", 8.11.2007, http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/138606.html



Sinna Kalapet. A girl (11) died of burns she sustained while bursting crackers on the occasion of Diwali. 8.11.2007

Source: "11-year-old girl dies of burns", 9.11.2007, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IET20071109000726&Page=T&Headline=11-year-old+girl+dies+of+burns&Title=Southern+News+-+Tamil+Nadu&Topic=0



Sirsa, Haryana. Over 100 stalls put up in the Government College premises for firecracker sales for Diwali were gutted. There was a chaos in the area as the fire raged and crackers started bursting and cracker rockets started flying in all directions. Several vehicles were gutted in the incident. 8.11.2007

Source: "100 firecracker stalls gutted in Haryana", 8.11.2007, http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/138867.html



Chennai. The city generated about 600 tonnes of additional garbage on November 9 due to the bursting of firecrackers and festivities during Deepavali.

Source: "Deepavali leaves behind more waste", 11.11.2007, http://www.hindu.com/2007/11/11/stories/2007111152160300.htm



Himachal Pradesh. About 20 shops were gutted as a fire broke out in one of them within the famous Naina Devi temple premises. The blaze may have been caused by firecrackers. 9.11.2007

Source: "About 20 shops gutted in Himachal Pradesh", 10.11.2007, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/About_20_shops_gutted_in_Himachal_Pradesh/articleshow/2531744.cms



Hyderabad. Six persons, including three children, received eye injuries while bursting crackers on Diwali. 9.11.2007

Source: "6 injured while bursting crackers", 11.11.2007, http://www.hindu.com/2007/11/11/stories/2007111159980500.htm



Ludhiana. At least 30 cases of burns were reported in several hospitals and clinics in the city, while 13 patients had damaged their eyes bursting crackers.


Source: "30 injured in caracker explosions", 11.11.2007, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/30-injured-in-cracker-explosions/237946/



Mangolpuri in outer Delhi. A man (24) asked his neighbour (18) in L-block, who was bursting firecrackers, to stop lighting crackers outside his house as he was getting disturbed. At this, the 18-year-old, his brothers and father had a heated argument with the 24-year-old. The 18-year-old stabbed the 24-year-old on his chest; he died later in hospital.


"Man asks kid not to burst crackers, his teen brother opens fire", 11.11.2007, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Man-asks-kid-not-to-burst-crackers-his-teen-brother-opens-fire/237902/ 

"Man stabbed to death; brother injured", 11.11.2007, http://www.hindu.com/2007/11/11/stories/2007111159670300.htm



Purulia district (near Indotar village). Subodh Kumar Mahato (56) protested against the bursting of crackers in front of his house by some youths. In retaliation, the youths beat him up. They fled as the man fell unconscious. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. 9.11.2007


"Lynched for protesting bursting of crackers", 11.11.2007, http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/140042.html

"Lynched for protesting bursting of crackers", 11.11.2007, http://www.indianmuslims.info/news/2007/nov/11/lynched_protesting_bursting_crackers.html or http://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/India/20071111/818925.html



Uttam Nagar, west Delhi. A 17-year-old boy shot at two men with his father's licenced gun after a scuffle broke out between them over bursting firecrackers in Sector 5, Sainik Vihar. The two received minor injuries. 9.11.2007

Source: "Man asks kid not to burst crackers, his teen brother opens fire, 11.11.2007, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Man-asks-kid-not-to-burst-crackers-his-teen-brother-opens-fire/237902/



Addagutta. An eight-year-old girl sustained burns on her hands and legs while burning a paper filled with gunpowder of unexploded crackers near her house. 10.11.2007

Source: "6 injured while bursting crackers", 11.11.2007, http://www.hindu.com/2007/11/11/stories/2007111159980500.htm



Gautampura tehsil of Indore. At least 47 people were injured, five critically, after two groups of villagers hurled 'hingots' (firecracker balls) at one another during a traditional 'hingot war' played between people of two villages. 10.11.2007

Source: "Hingot 'war' leaves 47 injured in Indore", 11.11.2007, http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/140049.html



Mughalsarai. Panic gripped the railway station following a cracker burst. People started running around after a small cracker burst at a corner of the railway station.24.11.2007


"Cracker creates panic at Mughalsarai Rly station", 24.11.2007, http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=347429bd-cfd8-4dcf-b85a-409bc093b3c5&ParentID=a520d3f9-073d-4c94-98f7-82a7d0c7a522&MatchID1=4602&TeamID1=6&TeamID2=7&MatchType1=1&SeriesID1=1157&MatchID2=4589&TeamID3=3&TeamID4=5&MatchType2=2&SeriesID2=1153&PrimaryID=4602&Headline=Panic+at+Mughalsarai+station+in+Varanasi

"UP blasts: Cops suspect HuJI hand", 25.11.2007, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/UP_blasts_Cops_suspect_HuJI_hand/articleshow/2568249.cms



Bally. An accidental spark in a crate containing seized firecrackers set the police station on fire. 19.12.2007

Source: "Fire at police station", 20.12.2007, http://www.telegraphindia.com/1071220/jsp/calcutta/story_8688869.jsp





Arikady. Around 3.30 p.m. two workers (Irshad, 21 and Sanjeeva, 27) of a cracker-manufacturing unit were killed and another sustained serious injuries in a blast in the godown located about 100 metres from the factory at Arikady. The concrete building, which housed the godown, was reduced to rubble in the blast. 1.1.2006

Source: "Two killed in blast at cracker factory", 2.1.2006, http://www.newindpress.com

"Blast at cracker factory claims one more youth", 6.1.2006, http://www.newindpress.com: Shareef, 20,  who was seriously hurt in the explosion at a cracker unit at Arikady, died in hospital on January 5th . He had sustained serious burn injuries on his face and his right hand had to be amputated at the hospital.



Murukumpuzha. Fire broke out at a fireworks manufacturing unit near Murukumpuzha in Mangalapuram police station limits and large explosions rocked the area around 12 a.m. Madhavan Pillai (55), an employee of the unit, was killed. The crackers caught fire suspected to be due to excess heat from sunlight. The unit was completely gutted. 18.1.2006


"One killed in fire at cracker unit", 19.1.2006, http://www.hindu.com/2006/01/19/stories/2006011921070300.htm

"Man killed in cracker unit fire", 19.1.2006, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IER20060119011036&Page=R&Title=Kerala&Topic=0



Airwa Katra town in Auraiya district. Five persons were killed when two boys burst crackers outside a shop stashed with firecrackers, setting up a chain reaction. The teenage boys, responsible for the massive explosion, died too. The explosion was so severe that it ripped apart the bodies, which according to police were beyond recognition. 24.1.2006 


Five killed in fireworks after Dhonis knock", 25.1.2006, http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1607827,000900010004.htm and http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1387118.cms 

Dhoni dhamak: Celebration turns tragic, five dead, 24.1.2006, http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_1607369,0015002500030000.htm



Ahmedabad. An employee, Himmatsinh Rathod (22), was killed after fire broke out, followed by a blast, at a firecracker manufacturing unit in a ground floor of a residential complex in Samarpan ower ear K K Nagar in Ghatlodia area. The owner of the unit was arrested for running hazardous business in a residential area without the mandatory licence. The shop's ceiling and partition walls were completely collapsed. 15.2.2006


"1 dead as fire breaks out at cracker unit", 16.2.2006, http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=169977

"One killed in fire in cracker unit", 16.2.2006, http://www.gujaratglobal.com/nextSub.asp?id=876&cattype=NEWS



Nalabanta village. Two persons (the house owner and a worker) were killed and three workers injured seriously when crackers being manufactured in a house exploded. A cracker went off accidentally triggering a series of blasts and the collapse of the house where it was being made. Three other houses were completely destroyed by the intensity of the explosion. The unit had no valid license. 19.2.2006


"Two killed as crackers go off accidentally", 19.2.2006, http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=9&theme=&usrsess=1&id=107322

"Two die in cracker explosion in South Orissa", 19.2.2006, http://www.deepikaglobal.com/ENG3_sub.asp?newscode=132534&catcode=ENG3&subcatcode=

or http://news.webindia123.com/news/showdetails.asp?id=254700&cat=India



Maraneri village in Virudhunagar District of Tamil Nadu (near Sivakasi). Seven persons, including six women, were killed and 14 others injured in a explosion at a cracker manufacturing unit. The fire was caused by an explosion at a stack of 'rockets' being dried, against rules, under trees. Extremely hot climate and friction had triggered the explosion, the resultant fire spread instantly to the shed were 'packed rockets' had been stored and from there, it spread to other sheds.

The Chief Minister announced a financial assistance of Rs 50,000 to the families of the dead and Rs 15,000 to be paid to the seriously injured and Rs 6,000 to those who suffered minor injuries. 22.2.2006


"7 killed, 19 hurt as fire razes down cracker unit in TN", 22.2.2006, http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=357391

"Fire in Tamil Nadu fireworks plant kills seven", 22.2.2006, http://in.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2006-02-22T232727Z_01_NOOTR_RTRJONC_0_India-237901-1.xml&archived=False

"6 killed in fire at TN cracker unit", 22.2.2006, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7BA6FEF1FE-DE72-4BBA-B16B-CEA3E83A412E%7D&CATEGORYNAME=Tamil+Nadu

"Six killed in cracker unit blast in TN", 22.2.2006, http://news.webindia123.com/news/showdetails.asp?id=257872&n_date=20060222&cat=India

"Fire in Indian fireworks plant kills seven", 22.2.2006, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/B687145.htm

"7 killed as fire razes down cracker unit in TN", 22.2.2006, http://sify.com/news/othernews/fullstory.php?id=14147064

"7 killed in cracker unit blast", 23.2.2006, http://www.newindpress.com/Newsitems.asp?ID=IET20060222104811&Title=Southern+News+-+Tamil+Nadu&Topic=0

"Sivakasi cracker blaze: Three more dead", 23.2.2006, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200602231467.htm: The death toll has risen to ten, with three more people succumbing to their burns. It might be recalled that seven people were killed and 12 others seriously injured in the fire.



Balambadi village (near Ariyalur). An explosion occurred resulting in a fire in the cracker factory. The owner of the factory died on the spot. Three injured workers were taken to hospital, where two succumbed to the injuries. 3.3.2006

Source: "Three die in cracker factory fire", 3.3.2006, http://www.newindpress.com



Uthandivalavu near Mettur. A man strapped himself and his two children with fireworks and set them ablaze. The crackers went off killing his daughter Nadiya (10) and inflicted serious burn injuries to the man (35) and his son (7), both of whom are battling for life. The police have booked a case under section 302 for murder. 10.3.2006 

Source: "Girl dies as father's suicide plan misfires", 12.3.2006, http://www.newindpress.com



Malim. Diptesh Sawant (14) and Dhiraj Sawant (10), two brothers succumbed to burn injuries while four others sustained grievous burns as their car loaded with crackers burst into flames. The car was trailing a procession, with the passengers in the process of throwing out fire-crackers from the car. Police disclosed that due to the winds the sparks of the crackers that the passengers were lighting entered the vehicle which was laden with crackers and ignited the other boxes. 9.4.2006

Source: "Cracker laden car goes up in flames at MalimTwo brothers fatally burnt", 9.4.2006, http://oheraldo.in/node/12138



Pernayakanpatti (near Sivakasi), Virudhunagar District of Tamil Nadu. Four persons were killed in an explosion at a fireworks manufacturing unit. The explosion and subsequent fire completely damaged one of the sheds in the unit. Friction while handling chemicals is suspected to be cause of the explosion. 20.4.2006

Source: "Four killed in explosion in fireworks unit", 21.4.2006, http://www.newkerala.com/news2.php?action=fullnews&id=46199



Akkaraparambu (nearby Padukkad in Thrissur district of Kerala). Four persons were killed and eleven injured in an explosion and a fire at a fireworks manufacturing shed. Mutilated body parts were scattered over hundreds of metres. Even homes in a 4-km radius around the fireworks shed sustained damages and around 20 houses nearby had their roofs blown off.

The sample fireworks display has been cancelled following the accident. 4.5.2006


"Three dead, six injured in cracker blast", 4.5.2006, http://www.deepikaglobal.com/ENG3_sub.asp?newscode=138648&catcode=ENG3&subcatcode=

"Three killed in fireworks explosion", 4.5.2006, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7B8CD734DD-1A51-413A-BA0F-2227EA81C85C%7D&CATEGORYNAME=National

"Three killed, seven injured in explosion", 5.5.2006, http://www.newkerala.com/news2.php?action=fullnews&id=53887

"Ahead of Pooram, 7 blown to bits", 6.5.2006, http://www.indianexpress.com/story/3873.html

"Kerala: Fireworks tragedy toll rises to 7", 5.5.2006, http://www.rediff.com/news/2006/may/05kerala.htm and "Pooram fireworks off; toll 7", 6.5.2006, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IER20060506045455&Page=R&Title=Kerala&Topic=0: The toll in the explosion at a fireworks manufacturing unit has risen to seven with three more workers succumbing to injuries on May 5. The condition of five of the 11 injured remained critical. The mishap occurred when the workers were making final preparations of the sample fireworks.

"Probe into accident", 6.5.2006, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IER20060506044916&Page=R&Title=Kerala&Topic=0: A magisterial inquiry had been ordered into the mishap. The temple authorities have been asked to extend compensation of Rs 2 lakh to each of the dead and Rs 1 lakh each to the injured under the insurance cover. When pointed out that the accident site was littered with subsurface crackers which are banned by a Supreme Court judgment, the Minister said that the matter would be looked into.

"Ahead of Pooram, 7 blown to bits. No fireworks at Kerala's greatest temple festival", 6.5.2006, http://www.indianexpress.com/story/3873.html: The state government has decided to disallow fireworks during this year's Thrissur Pooram on May 8. This will be the first time that Kerala's greatest temple festival, internationally known for its breathtaking pyrotechnic displays, will have no fireworks.

"Pooram goes on a full blast despite mishaps", 5.5.2006, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IER20060505041614&Page=R&Title=Kerala&Topic=0


Sant Tehal Dass Nagar, Peeru Banda Colony. An explosion in an illegal firecrackers manufacturing unit ripped apart walls and roofs of four houses besides causing cracks in several adjoining houses. It could not be known if any worker was injured in the incident or not. 5.5.2006

Source: "Blast in cracker unit damages 4 houses", 5.5.2006, http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20060506/ldh1.htm



Malappuram. A boy (13) lost his fingers and another (12) sustained minor injuries after a firecracker which was found from a field exploded when they had been trying to ignite it by holding it in their hands. 

Source: 9.5.2006, http://www.keralaonline.com/news/newsdisplay.php?newsid=1212



Pudukkottai. A man was engaged in unauthorised manufacture of crackers in his house for pyrotechnic display. When he was rolling the crackers, the crackers exploded leading to the destruction of four houses including the place where the man was working in and at least three persons were injured. 12.5.2006

Source: "Three hurt in cracker explosion", 13.5.2006, http://www.newindpress.com



Arsikere in Karnataka's Hassan district. Six people, including a woman and a child (2), were killed when raw materials for making firecrackers exploded in a house. The explosion blew apart the house, killing three on the spot and an equal number in the neighbouring house in their sleep when it collapsed under the impact of the blast. As power supply was cut, one of the family members lit a candle and it accidentally fell on the crackers, police said. 15.5.2006


"Six, including child, killed as crackers explode in house", 15.5.2006, http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=384929

"Six killed in Karnataka cracker explosion", 15.5.2006, http://indiaenews.com/2006-05/7975-killed-karnataka-cracker-explosion.htm or http://www.dailyindia.com/show/26016.php/Six_killed_in_Karnataka_cracker_explosion



Vilacheri. A boy (14) picked up a firecracker which did not burst and was examining it when it suddenly exploded in his face. The boy's face was blown to pieces and he died on the spot. 4.6.2006

Source: "Boy killed in cracker blast", 5.6.2006, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7B2798AC0C-3F08-4000-9720-C5A71B727443%7D&CATEGORYNAME=Tamil+Nadu



Naduveerapattu village (a village near Nellikuppam). A firecracker manufacturer (50) was killed in an explosion. He was engaged in preparing firecrackers at his residence when the mishap occurred. He sustained serious burns and died on way to the hosital. 29.7.2006

Source: "Firecracker manufacturer dies in freak accident", 30.7.2006, http://www.newindpress.com



Panruti. V Manikandan (25) was killed in the explosion of highpower fire crackers near Panruti. The firecrackers blasted when he was transporting them to a village on a two-wheeler. The man died on the spot. 8.8.2006

Source: "Relief sought for kin of explosion victim", 15.8.2006, http://www.newindpress.com



Muzaffarnagar district/India's northern Uttar Pradesh state. At least seven children were killed and 10 others injured in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in Kanhla area of the district. According to eyewitnesses, part of two dead bodies of the children were shattered all over the roof while about ten children and two women were lying there in serious condition; five children succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital. 

The blast took place when the workers, a majority of them children, were making firecrackers. 

The owner of the house ran the firecrackers factory on the first floor of the house. Mostly children were employed in the factory. The impact of the explosion was so strong that the first floor of the house was completely ripped off.  

Police said the fire was caused by a short-circuit, which triggered several explosions as the crackers and fireworks caught fire and ripped open the roof of the house. 24.8.2006


"At least seven children killed in factory explosion in India", 25.8.2006, http://rawstory.com/news/2006/At_least_seven_children_killed_in_f_08252006.html

"Cracker unit explosion kills seven children", 25.8.2006, http://www.dailypioneer.com/displayit1.asp?pathit=/archives2/aug2606/city/city7.txt   

Indischer Bundesstaat Uttar Pradesh. Bei einer Explosion in einer illegalen Feuerwerksfabrik sind mindestens sieben Kinder getötet und weitere zehn verletzt worden. Die Explosion sei in der Nacht durch einen Kurzschluss ausgelöst worden.

Quelle: "Illegale Fabrik Indien: Sieben Kinder getötet", 26.8.2006, http://www.taz.de/pt/2006/08/26/a0106.1/text


Jharsuguda (Orissa). Two persons were killed when an explosion occurred in a cracker godown. Dinesh Singh Deo (30) and Birbal Singh Deo (27) were working inside the kutcha house in the Beheramal area on the main road when the blast took place. The explosion damaged the window panes of nearby buildings. 6.9.2006

Source: "Two killed in blast in cracker godown", 6.9.2006, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/002200609061550.htm



Rae Bareli village in Uttar Pradesh. Two people were killed in a blast at a fireworks unit. The blast happened because of the negligence of the fireworks manufacturer Sarju Prasad, who died along with his wife in the incident, said the district magistrate. The house was reduced to ashes because of the blast. 9.9.2006


"Two killed in fireworks unit blast", 9.9.2006, http://www.teluguportal.net/modules/news/article.php?storyid=12962

"Fireworks plant blast kills two in north India", 9.9.2006, http://english.people.com.cn/200609/09/eng20060909_301193.html



Chockalingapuram. Two workers of a firecracker manufacturing unit - Karupiah (50) and Alagarsamy (35) – died on the spot, while another worker had been admitted to hospital with severe burns, following a fire mishap at the factory. A spark ignited the gunpowder that the workers were handling. 15.9.2006

Source: "Two killed in cracker unit fire", 16.9.2006, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IET20060916041812&Page=T&Title=Southern+News+-+Tamil+Nadu&Topic=0



Anuppankulam. Three labourers (19, 38, 48), including two women, were killed and 12 others were injured in a fire at a cracker manufacturing unit. The fire broke out in a shed at 2.30p.m. when workers were filling explosive substance. It rapidly spread to other areas damaging 19 other sheds. 29.9.2006 

Source: "Three killed in fire at cracker-making unit", 30.9.2006, http://www.hindu.com/2006/09/30/stories/2006093007440100.htm



Meenampatti near Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district. Four persons were charred to death and 29 others, including many women, suffered injuries in a fire at a fireworks factory this afternoon. As many as 30 sheds in the unit were damaged in the fire, which was probably caused due to friction while making fancy fireworks in one of the sheds. The injured were rushed to the Madurai Government Rajaji Hospital. 29.9.2006

Source: "Fire at cracker factory kills four", 29.9.2006, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7BA60EE4E5-872F-4297-806A-F9AFBA0E0C3D%7D&CATEGORYNAME=CHN



Northwest Delhi. Two teenagers (18 and 19) succumbed to injuries they suffered when crackers burst on them in Mangalpuri's Kala Mandir ground. Another sustained severe burn injuries.

Source: "Two die in Dussehra mishap", 2.10.2006, http://news.monstersandcritics.com/india/article_1207487.php/Two_die_in_Dussehra_mishap



Nangloi. A boy (16) died after the crackers he had stored for Ravana's effigy caught fire when an electric motor caught fire after a short circuit at his Ranola Vihar residence. His father, brother and some neighbours who rushed to help also sustained serious injuries.

Source: "3 killed in fire mishaps", 3.10.2006, http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=203567



Kepong. A firecracker was thrown by a group of boys and exploded near a little girl (3). Shrapnel hit the toddler's left eye, grazing her iris and lodging itself in the back of the eye. The girl may lose sight in her left eye due to the seriousness of the injury. 5.10.2006

Source: "Kid may lose eye in cracker blast", 23.10.2006, http://www.mmail.com.my/Current_News/mm/Friday/Hotnews/20061020103817/Article/index_html



Kuraoli town. A man (25) and two girls (7 and 2½)  were killed and 12 others injured in an explosion at a cracker manufacture without licence (and in a densely populated locality). Three houses were destroyed in the blast and over half-a-dozen others suffered cracks. 7.10.2006

Source: "Three die in cracker blast", 8.10.2006, http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_1815893,0015002500030002.htm



Pambattipatti near Vaiyampatti. Five teenagers were injured in a blast at a unlicenced unit manufacturing crackers. As the boys (13, 15, 16, 17, 16) were involved in the work, a cracker accidentally fell on the ground and sulphur and ammonium nitrate – chemicals used in the manufacture of crackers – caught fire and exploded causing burn injuries to the boys. 8.10.2006


"Five boys hurt in blast at cracker unit", 9.10.2006, http://www.hindu.com/2006/10/09/stories/2006100911900100.htm

"5 boys hurt in blast", 10.10.2006, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IET20061010034110&Page=T&Title=Southern+News+-+Tamil+Nadu&Topic=0



Bibipur. Five people were killed and over 12 persons were injured when several powerful explosions ripped apart a small illegally cracker manufacturing unit (the bodies of two men and a woman were recovered from the blast site while another woman and a little girl (3) were recovered from the debris of a neighbouring house later). The intensity of the explosion was such that people saw bodies flying as far as 40 metres away. Several people, including children, were feared trapped under the debris of the house. Five families inhabited the house, which the police believed was being used to make fire crackers for Diwali. Police found a large quantity of unexploded firecrackers. The entire house built in an area of 200 sq yards was reduced to rubble in a matter of seconds. The blast also damaged three neighbouring houses in the crowded residential locality. 9.10.2006


"Five perish in fire cracker explosions", 9.10.2006, http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_1816685,0015002500030000.htm

"Blast in cracker-manufacturing unit: five killed", 9.10.2006, http://www.teluguportal.net/modules/news/article.php?storyid=16975

"Blasts in illegal cracker unit kills 5", 9.10.2006, http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=204509

"No headway in police probe", 11.10.2006, http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_1818176,0015002500030000.htm: Even after three days, the police are clueless about the Bibipur blast that claimed seven lives.

"Bibipur blast. Sriprakash allays fears of displacement", 12.10.2006, http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_1819097,0015002500030000.htm



Ballia village, Murshidabad district, West Bengal. Four persons have been killed when a firecracker factory caught fire late night. Police suspect that the fire may have started from a lighted bidi or a cigarette. 14.10.2006

Source: "4 killed in firecracker factory fire in W Bengal", 14.10.2006, http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1820225,000900030001.htm or http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200610141121.htm



Guderiya in Alankaru village (near Puttur). A powerful blast, which ripped apart an alleged unauthorised firecracker manufacturing unit claimed five lives (including a 10-year-old boy) and injured two. The incident took place when firecrackers were being either loaded on to or unloaded from an autorickshaw. A house nearby was also damaged in the explosion. Noting that the bodies of the victims were mutilated owing to the impact of the explosion, the body parts were found strewn around the accident spot. 15.10.2006


"Five killed in fire-cracker blast near Puttur", 15.10.2006, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200610151511.htm

"Five killed in explosion in firecracker unit", 16.10.2006, http://www.hindu.com/2006/10/16/stories/2006101618020100.htm

"Mangalore: 5 killed in Alangaru cracker unit blast", 15.10.2006, http://www.bellevision.com/newshead.asp?nhid=3723: Alangaru. Five persons (60, 22, 20, 22, 10) were killed when explosives stocked in a house went off.



Hyderabad. A boy (6), a resident of BSNl quarters in Chandana Nagar was charred to death when loose crackers he lit in a small cabin, exploded on his face and the cabin went up in flames.

Source: "Pre-Diwali fire kills a boy", 16.10.2006, http://www.andhracafe.com/index.php?m=show&id=11296



Owaisis Hills. A woman makes crackers every Diwali season. Her two-year-old girl ran away to a heap of crackers stored nearby. When the girl fell on the pile, it exploded due to pressure. The girl died after admitting in a hospital. Her sister (15) and her brother were also injured. 16.10.2006

Source: "Cracker blasts kills girl", 17.10.2006, http://www.andhracafe.com/index.php?m=show&id=11331



Three persons were injured in an explosion that occurred in a house in the Sisamau locality and also shattered the windowpanes of neighboring houses. Storing of illegal crackers was stated to be the reason behind the blast. 17.10.2006 

Source: "Three injured in blast, one held", 17.10.2006, http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_1822974,0015002500030000.htm



Southwest Delhi. Five people were killed in a blaze when two grocery shops selling firecrackers caught fire after a firecracker fell on one of the shops on Mahipalpur-Rangpuri Road and soon spread to adjoining shops. The bodies of two men were pulled out from the cracker shop by firefighters, three others, believed to be customers, were found dead in the adjoining grocery shops. Police sources said firecrackers were stored at the make-shift shop without mandatory license. 20.10.2006


"Fire in cracker shop in Delhi, five killed", 20.10.2006, http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1059481

"5 killed in S-W-Delhi market blaze", 21.10.2006, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2220487.cms

"Five killed in cracker shop fire in South Delhi", 21.10.2006, http://www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?rep=2&aid=330622&sid=REG



Jatani town. Prakash Mohapatra (34) died while the crackers he was manufacturing suddenly burst in his house. His son (6) suffered about 60% burns and his elder son (8) about 30%. A year-and-a-half-old niece escaped with minor injuries. 20.10.2006


"Cracker blast kills pries, singes sons", 21.10.2006, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEQ20061021015044&Page=Q&Title=ORISSA&Topic=0

"Cracker blast kills one", 21.10.2006, http://www.indiaenews.com/india/20061021/25807.htm

"Cracker blast kills one", 22.10.2006, http://www.newindpress.com



Andheri (suburb of Mumbai). Two boys used a discarded metal tube to pack unlit firecrackers they had found lying around. One ignited the bomb, when it refused to burst, both boys "peered" into the tube. At that moment that firecrackers  burst. One of the boys has lost vision in his left eye and the prognosis of his right eye is still unclear. The other's right eye was also injured. 21.10.2006

Source: "2 boys lose eyesight in cracker mishap", 25.10.2006, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/132360.cms



Bangalore. A man (32) is battling for life after sustaining burns on his face, hands and chest. His respiratory tract had been badly damaged. It is said that he threw a cigarette into a box of firecrackers, resulting in a blast. 21.10.2006

Source: "Deepavali-related incidents leave over 50 injured", 23.10.2006, http://www.hindu.com/2006/10/23/stories/2006102316560100.htm



Muzzafarnagar. One person  was killed and three injured when members of two communities clashed over the issue of bursting crackers in Khalapar area under Kotwali police station here. 21.10.2006 

Source: "One killed in clashes", 22.10.2006, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/002200610221124.htm



Pattukannu village. Two girls (14 and 4) sustained injuries when sparks from one of the crackers they burst scattered in different directions igniting a heap of fire crackers kept at the house, which then exploded. The older girl died instantly while the younger one succumbed to injuries at hospital. 21.10.2006


"Two girls die of burns while bursting crackers", 23.10.2006, http://www.hindu.com/2006/10/23/stories/2006102303980300.htm

"Two children die of burn injuries", 23.10.2006, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7B0932592F-323E-45EE-BB9B-5CC84C07594A%7D&CATEGORYNAME=Tamil+Nadu



Srinivaspuri area. An argument over bursting of crackers caused four members of a family to be hospitalised a day after Diwali. The victims had to be rushed to the hospital after they were allegedly thrashed by a group of men who attacked them with rods, hockey sticks and swords. The attackers were reportedly asked by the Kohli family not to burst crackers outside their house. 21.10.2006

Source: "Crackers spark fight, 4 of family in hospital", 24.10.2006, http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=206433



Villianur. A girl (14) was killed and five sustained burn injuries when a bundle of crackers accidentally exploded during Diwali. 21.10.2006

Source: "One killed, five injured in cracker mishap", 22.10.2006, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IET20061021234355&Page=T&Title=Southern+News+-+Tamil+Nadu&Topic=0



Wadala. A man (28) lies unconscious at the Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital. He has just undergone a surgery to remove his left eye which was infected after a 'rocket' firecracker hit him. The man went out of home to enjoy the fire-cracker display and was then injured. 21.10.2006

Source: "Patients with eye injuries flock hospitals during Diwali", 25.10.2006, http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=206595



Naubasta area. A youth was killed on the spot while five persons standing near a truck received injuries in a powerful explosion. According to reports, the explosion occurred as soon as some persons travelling from Ghatampur on a truck alighted along with a bag containing crackers.

Source: "1 killed, 5 injured in cracker explosion", 22.10.2006, http://www.mumbaimirror.com/nmirror/mmpaper.asp?sectid=4&articleid=1021200621384623410212006213844828



Kailashnagar society, Limbayat area. A man told two others not to burst crackers near his house and the duo attacked him with a log of wood. He received head injuries. 22.10.2006

Source: "Violence breaks out over crackers", 26.10.2006, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/173355.cms



Sachin. A man was killed allegedly by his two neighbours after he stopped some children from bursting crackers. 22.10.2006

Source: "Violence breaks out over crackers", 26.10.2006, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/173355.cms



Over 50 people of Gautampura and Runji villages were injured, three of them critically, after two groups of villagers hurled firecrackers at each other clebrating a traditional post-Diwaly ritual. One of the viewers lost his teeth, another lost his eye and many participants sustained burns during the 'Hingot war' that lasted for more than two hours. 23.10.2006

Source: "50 injured in 'firecracker clash' in Madhya Pradesh", 24.10.2006, http://www.teluguportal.net/modules/news/article.php?storyid=18824



Singampatti village, Virudhunagar district. A fire broke out at a fireworks godown on the Sivakasi-Alankulam Road, killing four persons (Murugan, 35; Palanimurugan, 35; Meenakshi, 22 and Anjammal, 68) and injuring 54 others, including 15 children. More people are feared buried under the debris. Around 200 employees were stacking bundles of fireworks in the godown when the tragedy occurred. The entire godown was destroyed. The crackers exploded for almost three hours. 

The cause of the blaze remained unclear. Reports suggested that it was the result of rain water mixing with some exposed chemicals, while others indicated that it was lightning that sparked fire. 4.11.2006


"Four killed in fireworks godown fire", 5.11.2006, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7BA9C2F8A1-3351-4C4B-942A-4D99E4A3E1CD%7D&CATEGORYNAME=Chennai

"At least four killed in a fireworks factory blaze in India", 5.11.2006, http://rawstory.com/news/2006/At_least_four_killed_in_a_fireworks_11052006.html

"Lightning kills six, injures 63 in Madurai", 5.11.2006, http://www.ndtv.com/morenews/showmorestory.asp?category=National&slug=Lightning+kills+six+in+Madurai&id=95876: Six persons, including three women, were killed and 63 injured when lightning struck the godown of a fireworks factory on November 4th. The explosions razed to the ground about 40 colony houses located near the fireworks factory at the remote Singampatti village. Many of the injured were trapped under the debris as the godown, manufacturing sheds and houses collapsed. The godown was destroyed. 

"Cracker godown fire toll rises to six", 6.11.2006, http://www.newindpress.com: The toll in Saturday's fire mishap at the cracker go down has risen to six with the recovery of two more bodies. As many as 63 persons have been admittet to the hospital with serious burns.


Sivakasi/Südindischer Bundesstaat Tamil Nadu. Bei einem Blitzschlag in einer Feuerwerksfabrik, der ein heftiges Feuer im Werk auslöste, wurden mindestens 4 Menschen getötet und 54 weitere verletzt. Ueber drei Stunden lang detonierten Feuerwerkskörper. 4.11.2006

Quelle: "Tote bei Blitzschlag in Feuerwerksfabrik in Indien", 5.11.2006, http://www.baz.ch


Keezhur (near Cherpalcherry). Three people, including two welding workers, were seriously injured when the firecrackers stored in the Ayyappa temple caught fire accidentally. The welding workers were engaged in covering a hole which was developed in the iron door of the store room, which had been used to store fire crackers. The fire crackers were stored in an additional cabin inside the store room and as the workers began welding the outer door the sparks went inside the inner cabin and the crackers caught fire. The walls of the store room cracked and the rooftop was blown away.

Source: "Three injured as cracker explodes at Keezhur temple", 15.12.2006, http://www.newindpress.com



Chandigarh. Traffic came to a halt for around 30 minutes when a powerful blast shocked the area residents and shopkeepers near the Housing Board lightpoint. A stray dog, which was wandering near the corridor of the shopping area near the lightpoint, seemingly picked up some explosive in his mouth and tried to chew it, which resulted in a blast. Sub-Divisional Police Officer told that <<there are certain crackers, which, if pressed hard, could result in a blast>>. The dog's jaws were found at a distance of 30 meters from the spot. 20.12.2006 

Source: Freak accident leaves dog dead", 20.10.2006, http://www.cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=214059



A village near Villupuram. Three brothers (10, 6, 3) and a friend (9) sustained serious burn injuries when firecrackers exploded. 20.12.2006

Source: "Villupuram: Four children sust", 21.12.2006, http://www.newindpress.com



Bhadrak (about 150 km from Bhubaneswar). Ratnakar Parida (60) and Padma Khan (25) died when crackers exploded in a manufacturing unit. 30.12.2006

Source: "Crackers kill two", 30.12.2006, http://www.dailyindia.com/show/98213.php/Crackers-kill-two





Village Thiagarajapuram (District Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu). A fire accident took place during burning of fireworks waste in unsafe manner in a fireworks manufacturing unit: 1 person injured. 4.1.2005

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Village Sanankulam (District Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu). An explosion occurred in the manufacturing shed of fireworks manufacturing unit. 6.1.2005

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Village Yeliyanadagodu (District D.K., Karnataka). An explosion occurred in a residential house during manufacture of fireworks illegally: 1 person killed and one other person injured. 29.1.2005

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Village Thuthipattu (District Vellore, Tamil Nadu). An explosion occurred during a funeral procession which was traditionally accompanied with bursting firecrackers. Accidentally, fire from one such ignited cracker fell on the bags containing firecrackers causing the explosion: 2 persons killed and six other persons injured. 19.2.2005

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Village Vijayarengapuram (District Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu). An accident, due to unsafe practice during testing of fireworks, occurred outside a fireworks manufacturing unit while testing manufactured fireworks. 1 person was injured. 22.3.2005

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Madurai, Tamil Nadu. A fire occurred in a firework shop: 2 persons were killed. 29.3.2005

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Gegen 20.45 Uhr fingen, aus noch ungeklärten Gründen, Feuerwerkskörper, die in einem Gemeindesaal deponiert waren, Feuer. 18 Menschen wurden getötet, 50 verletzt. Das Unglück ereignete sich nahe des Dorfes Nuvvularevu (etwa 750 km nordöstlich der Stadt Hyderabad im Bundesstaat Andhra Pradesh). Durch die Explosion wurde der Saal, in dem sich zum Zeitpunkt des Unglücks mehr als 70 Menschen aufhielten, völlig zerstört. Das Feuer griff rasch auf benachbarte Hütten über. Eine noch schlimmere Katastrophe wurde nur verhindert, da der Gemeindesaal etwa 200 Meter vom Dorf entfernt ist. 19.4.2005


"18 Tote nach Explosion von Feuerwerkskörpern in indischem Dorf", 20.4.2005, http://www.reuters.de/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=panoramaNews&storyID=712010&section=news

"Feuerwerkskörper explodiert: 18 Tote. In einem indischen Gemeindesaal gingen die Raketen los.", 20.4.2005, http://www.express.de/servlet/Satellite?pagename=XP/index&pageid=1004979498952&rubrik=220&artikelid=1113477219803



Virudhunagar District. Two persons were killed and three injured in an explosion in a fireworks factory near Mamsapuram. The workers were packing chemicals for crackers when the explosion occurred. 18.4.2005


"Two killed in fireworks factory blast", 18.4.2005, http://in.news.yahoo.com/050418/54/2ktje.html

"Two killed in Tamil Nadu explosion", 18.4.2005, http://www.hindustantimes.com/2005/Apr/18/181_1325995,000900020001.htm



Thrissur. Fireworks display in the evening. 16 persons were given first aid for minor injuries sustained by them after hit by splinters of the fireworks. The fireworks display, which marks the finale of the Pooram festival, was postponed after torrential rains hit the town Wednesday evening.

Source: 21.4.2005, http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7B828A00F1-3A39-48D0-B14E-2F5983910B6B%7D&CATEGORYNAME=National



Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. Explosion at small fireworks factory as owner and family completed orders for wedding party; three people killed, including owner. 25.4.2005

Source: Hazardous Cargo Bulletin, July 2005, http://www.hazardouscargo.com/Storage/IsgResourceFile/Aug-2005/5/hcb_fc_spinejuly.pdf



Kosavapatti, near Madurai/Tamil Nadu. The death toll in a blaze at a fireworks factory Wednesday, May 11, 2005, around 5 p.m., has climbed to eight. All victims were woman workers who used to pound the highly inflammable chemicals in three rooms. Seven women died on the spot, the eighth died later at night in hospital. 

Source: http://news.webindia123.com/news/showdetails.asp?id=81775&cat=India

"Madurai blast toll rises to nine", 12.5.2005, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200505121311.htm: Kappusamy, a relative of the fireworks factory owner, who suffered burn injury in the explosion, died at the hospital without responding to treatments. The licence of the factory was due for renewal.

"TN CM announces relief for Madurai fire victims", 13.5.2005, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200505130309.htm: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa announced relief of Rs 50,000 to each of the families of eight people who were killed in an explosion at a cracker manufacturing unit at Kosavapatti, near Madurai, last evening. She also announces Rs 15,000 each to both of the injured persons who are in hospital care. SriRam Fireworks proprietor Kosalram had been picked up by the police for questioning.

"Fireworks blast toll rises to 11", 15.5.2005, http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IET20050514123912&Page=T&Title=Southern+News+-+Tamil+Nadu&Topic=0: Kosavappatti, near Madurai, bordering Sivaganga district. The toll in the blast at a fireworks unit on Wednesday rose to eleven on Saturday, 15.5. with Karanthammal (25), a pregnant woman succumbing to burns after delivering a stillborn baby. She was working at the cracker manufacturing unit. The blast killed eight persons including six women. Kuppusamy and Karanthammal were admittet to a hosmital, where Kuppusamy died the next day.



Meenampatti village, near Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu. Five persons were charred to death and 23 suffered severe burn injuries in in a fire that broke out in a crackers manufacturing unit, the 'Vadivel fireworks factory'.

But the revenue officials, who put the toll at 20 earlier, said only five persons had died so far; there was confusion while recording the number of dead. 

Also, more than three sheds in the area collapsed and pieces of bodies were flung in different directions under the impact of the explosions, ignited by the fire.

According to the police the fire occurred when some 'rocket' varieties are being tested for quality. The rocket 'strayed' and ignited some crackers put to dry, which in turn ignited crackers being packed. 2.7.2005


"Five charred to death, 23 injured in TN factory fire", 2.7.2005, http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1418924,000900020001.htm

"20 killed in fire in crackers manufacturing unit", 2.7.2005, http://news.indiainfo.com/2005/07/02/0207fire-deaths.html

"Sivakasi fireworks factory fire toll mounts to 10", 3.7.2005, http://www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?aid=226420&sid=REG: The toll in the major fire that broke out in a fireworks factory at Meenampatti rose to 10 with five more persons succumbing to injuries today. Those who died in the accident included nine women. The condition of 18 others, who sustained burns in the accident, continued to be critical. 

"Toll in fireworks unit blast rises to 11", 7.7.2005, http://www.newindpress.com/Newsitems.asp?ID=IET20050706121515&Title=Southern+News+-+Tamil+Nadu&Topic=0: Ten workers were killed when an explosion rocked the Vadivel Fireworks at Meenampatti on Saturday, 2.7. Another worker, who suffered serious burns in the blast at the fireworks unit in Meenampatti died at the Sivakasi GH on Wednesday, 6.7.2005, bringing the number of deaths to 11. Perumalsamy (47) of Bose Colony in Sivakasi, who was being treated at the Sivakasi government hospital, died on Wednesday.



Sivakasi. A fire accident in a private fireworks factory destroyed three sheds and partially damaged ten other sheds. No one was injured in the accident, which occurred ater a worker accidentally dropped a cracker. 12.7.2005

Source: "Another fire accident in Sivakasi", 12.7.2005, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200507121509.htm



Anuppankulam (near Sivakasi). Six employees of a private fireworks unit were injured in an accidental fire at a cracker unit. 25.7.2005

Source: "Six injured in fire at cracker unit", 26.7.2005, http://www.hindu.com/2005/07/26/stories/2005072606700500.htm



Vijayarangapuram near Sivakasi town. A fireworks manufacturing unit was razed to the ground when an accidental explosion rocked the factory premises. 20 small concrete buildings in the factory complex were destroyed. The initial explosion occurred at the garbage dump where chemical waste was disposed. 

Source: 25.8.2005, http://www.newkerala.com/news.php?action=fullnews&id=16837  



Borda. Residents were lighting fireworks on a building terrace when a firecracker accidentally landed in an apartment, setting the main room on fire. 12.9.2005

Source: "Ganpati firecracker engulfs room", 12.9.2005, http://oheraldo.in/node/4084


Pichyanaickanpatti village. Five people were killed and two injured in an explosion at a fireworks manufacturing unit. Chandrakumar (27), Raja (30), Ramesh (25), Thangamuniyandi (22) were charred to death on the spot, Ilayaraja (21) died in hospital. The mishap occurred in the afternoon when the victims were engaged in mixing chemicals used for making crackers. The tiny concrete-roofed room where the blast occurred was razed to the ground. (This is the fifth such explosion in the fireworks industry in the last two month). 12.9.2005 

Source: "Five killed in explosion at fireworks factory ", http://www.newkerala.com/newsdaily.php?action=fullnews&id=22249

"Fire mishap toll rises to seven", 13.9.2005, http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/sep/13madurai.htm: The toll in the fire mishap at a fireworks unit near Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu has risen to seven. Two persons, who were undergoing treatment for injuries, died at a hospital late on Monday night, 12.9. The fire broke out due to 'mishandling of fireworks', while they were being dried using a drier.




Khusropur village (nahe der Stadt Patna, diese ist die Hauptstadt des Bundesstaats Bihar/Ostindien). Bei einer Explosion in einer Feuerwerksfabrik wurden mindestens 32 Menschen getötet (darunter zehn Kinder) und 50 weitere verletzt. Später starben 3 weitere Menschen, so dass sich die Zahl der Toten auf 35 erhöhte. Unter den Trümmern der Fabrik und ihrer drei Lagerhäuser werden weitere Tote vermutet. Es wird vermutet, dass die Detonation durch einen Kurzschluss ausgelöst worden sein könnte; in den Fabrikgebäuden seien auch Gasflaschen gelagert worden. Die Gebäude wurden beinahe vollständig zerstört. 15.9.2005


"32 Tote bei Explosion in Feuerwerksfabrik in Indien", 15.9.2005, http://www.baz.ch

"32 Tote bei Explosion in Feuerwerksfabrik – zehn Kinder getötet", 15.9.2005, http://www.moz.de/index.php/Moz/Article/id/82405

"Indien: 32 Tote bei Explosion in Feuerwerksfabrik", 15.9.2005, http://www.orf.at/index.html?url=http%3A//www.orf.at/ticker/193800.html

"Tote bei Explosion in Feuerwerksfabrik in Indien", 15.9.2005, http://www.salzburg.com/sn/nachrichten/artikel/1719893.html 

à Unter http://www.tagesschau.de/sendungen/0,1196,SPM7_OIT4752968,00.html (oder im Archiv von http://www.tagesschau.de bei der Sendung "tagesschau" vom 15.9.2005, 20.00 Uhr, den Beitrag "Feuerwerksfabrik" auswählen) können Sie sich den Beitrag aus der Tagesschau anschauen.



Khusropur village, eastern state of Bihar. Fire engulfed three illegal firecracker factories, killing 32 people and injured at least 50 people, many critically. The factories were being run from three houses in the village. The fire was sparked by an electrical short circuit and quickly spread to the flammable material stored in the factories.

Seven of the victims were burned to death, while others were asphyxiated by noxious fumes that filled the rooms where they were working. Two nearby houses were also destroyed in the explosions. The explosions were so powerful that the roofs and walls of the building caved in, trapping people inside. A local government official said, the factories did not have valid licenses. 15.9.2005


"Fire at India fireworks factories kills 32", 15.9.2005, http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5280777,00.html

"Fireworks factory blaze in India kills 32", 15.9.2005, http://www.abcasiapacific.com/news/stories/asiapacific_stories_1461405.htm

"High death toll in Indian fireworks blaze", 15.9.2005, http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx?area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__international_news/&articleid=251044

"Indian fireworks inferno leaves 32 dead", 16.9.2005, http://www.dawn.com/2005/09/16/top12.htm 

"Firecracker factory blast kills 35", 16.9.2005, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1232820.cms: Khusrupur. A firecracker factory in a residential area blew up, killing at least 35 people, many of them young children illegally employed to assemble Diwali fireworks, and leaving 25 others with serious burns. The explosion was heard more than three kilometres away. As a deafening blast rent the air, a huge cloud of dust and shards of the building filled the atmosphere. According to Patna DM B Rajendra, the explosion in the factory appears to have been caused by mishandling of explosive; but he also did not rule out the possibility of an LPG cylinder causing the blast.

"India fireworks blast‚ 'kills 35'", 16.9.2005, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4251346.stm: Three more people have died after a huge explosion at a fireworks store in India's Bihar state, Patna, bringing the death toll to at least 35. Rescue workers have been searching the debris for more bodies. A number of children were among the dead. The owner has been arrested. The blast, in the village of Khusropur (about 30 km from Patna), also damaged surrounding buildings.

"Short circuit behind Bihar blasts?", 16.9.2005, http://www.hindu.com/2005/09/16/stories/2005091604771400.htm (with a picture of the ruins of the damaged fireworks factory building): An electrical short circuit is suspected to be the cause behind the fire leading to explosions in two cracker factories, resulting in the death of 32 people, including five women and 10 children. Most of the children who died were playing outside the factories. While many people died of burns, others perished after inhaling toxic fumes or were crushed to death. Two houses were also destroyed in the fire.

"Khusropur cop suspended", 17.9.2005, http://www.ndtv.com/morenews/showmorestory.asp?category=National&slug=Khusrupur+cop+suspended&id=78862: The officer-in-charge of Khusropur police station has been placed under suspension for dereliction of duty in the wake of Thursday's explosions. The District Magistrate said that the licence for manufacturing matches and low-power crackers issued to the proprietor of Kohinoor fireworks had expired three years ago. The proprietor of Kohinoor fireworks was arrested soon after the blasts in his cracker factory.



Bhullar village near Batala. Three children were killed and many others injured in a fire at a house in a busy locality where crackers were being manufactured illegally. The crackers caught fire. The blast was so severe that the entire two-storeyed house collapsed. Some buildings adjoining the house were also damaged.

Two children (1 and 12 year) died on the spot. Two other children and the wife of the house-owner were admitted with severe burn injuries to the hospital, where one child (4) died. The other child had suffered 70 to 80 per cent burn injuries. 3.10.2005

Source: "Three kids die in cracker blast", 5.10.2005, http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20051005/punjab1.htm



Chennai. A huge explosion ripped through a congested fireworks warehouse on Wednesday, killing at least one person and injuring 10 others. The warehouse, which was packed with firecrackers for the next month's festival of Diwali, caught fire just before mid-night on Tuesday. The warehouse was located in a busy area, housing more than 50 cracker shops. The cause of the fire is still unknown. A firecracker from the burning warehouse is said to have landed on the opposite shop, which burst into flames.

Source: 26.10.2005, http://www.newkerala.com/news.php?action=fullnews&id=42204



Tirupati. Two persons killed and one other injured in a cracker blast. The roof of the house was ripped off in the powerful explosion. 31.10.2005

Source: "Two killed in crackers blast in Tirupati", 31.10.2005, http://www.andhracafe.com/index.php?m=show&id=831



Dahod, Gujarat. Seven members of a family were killed by an accidental explosion and fire at a small home fireworks factory, where crackers were being stockpiled for the festival of Diwali. At 5.30 a.m., when a woman was cooking, a packet of potash (an explosive used in Diwali firecrackers) burst accidentally when exposed to the flame. The woman suffered burns and died on the spot, the other died in their sleep, choking on the poisonous smoke. The entire house was in flames. 1.11.2005


"Explosion at a fireworks factory in Gujarat-India kills 7 people", 1.11.2005, http://www.almanar.com.lb/story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=639366

"7 killed in Gujarat explosion", 1.11.2005, http://dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=8025 

"Gujarat: 7 of a family die in explosion trying to make crackers", 1.11.2005, http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/nov/01blast.htm  

"Fireworks factory explodes in Gujarat", 1.11.2005, http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/bulletins/radionz/200511011637/1666e1cd

"Homemade fireworks blast leaves 7 dead", 1.11.2005, http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=126&art_id=qw1130824260772B253

Dahod, im westindischen Bundesstaat Gujarat. Bei einer Explosion in einer Feuerwerksfabrik wurden in der Nacht sieben Menschen getötet. In der Lagerhalle seien für das hinduistische Lichter-Fest (Diwali) grosse Mengen von Feuerwerkskörpern gelagert gewesen. Nach den ersten Ermittlungen der Polizei wurde die Explosion durch einen Unfall ausgelöst. 


"Indien: Explosion in einer Feuerwerksfabrik – sieben Tote", 1.11.2005, http://www.orf.at/index.html?url=http%3A//www.orf.at/ticker/198608.html  

"Schwere Explosion im Westen Indiens – Offenbar sieben Tote", 1.11.2005, http://www.swissinfo.org/sde/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=6204971&cKey=1130814678000


Nagapattinam, in Tamil Nadu state. Several hundred tsunami survivors are homeless again after fire gutted their temporary shelters. The blaze was started by fireworks being used to celebrate Diwali. The 90 families affected have been rehoused in a local hall. 

Source: "Fire guts India tsunami shelters", 1.11.2005, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4396086.stm



Pushpa Nagar in Nungambakkam. Three people, including the shop owner Kumar (45), were injured when a rocket hit an array of fireworks of a mobile unit. The mobile retail shop was being run unauthorisedly without a licence and was selling country-made crackers. The bursts gutted the shop. 1.11.2005

Source: 2.11.2005, http://newstodaynet.com/02nov/ld4.htm



West Mambalam in Chennai. A two-storeyed building collapsed after a cache of fireworks in one of the rooms in the ground floor apartment of a man, who supplies fireworks,

exploded at about 2.30 p.m. Four persons were injured. Forensic experts combed the area for unexploded fireworks. According to the police, the explosion could have been caused by friction. 13.11.2005

Source: Fireworks explosion at Mambalam brings down two-storeyed building, 14.11.2005, http://www.hindu.com/2005/11/14/stories/2005111409350100.htm



Karikkunnam (near Thodupuzha in Idukki). One person was killed and three injured in an explosion at a cracker factory. The injured has been admitted at the hospital. 

Source: 12.12.2005, http://www.kaumudi.com/news/121205/kerala.stm




Kazipur village in Sadar upazila, Tangail. Two women were seriously injured in a cracker blast at a factory. A portion of the cracker factory was also damaged. 23.2.2004

Source: "2 women hurt in cracker blast", 26.2.2004, http://www.thedailystar.net/2004/02/26/d40226071171.htm



Wadakkenchery (District Palakkad, Kerala). An explosion occurred in the gunpowder mixing room of fireworks manufacturing unit: 2 persons killed. The frictional spark produced due to grits during the process of cleaning the room having spilled gunpowder on floor might have caused the explosion. 4.4.2004

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Village Kalayarkurichi (District Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu). A fire/explosion occurred in White Powder Filling Shed of fireworks manufacturing unit: 5 persons killed, 2 others injured. 19.4.2004

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Thekkinkadu Maidan (District Trichur, Kerala). An accident occurred during sample fireworks display in connection with Trichur Pooram Festival: 1 person killed. A lighted display fireworks item after coming out from the shell hit the head of the person who was igniting the items. 28.4.2004

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Village Kananjampatti (District Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu). A fire followed by explosion took place in the manufacturing shed of fireworks manufacturing unit. 14.5.2004

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Basani Bazar, Baraon (District Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh). A fire accident occurred in the fireworks manufacturing unit. Injured: 4. 15.5.2004

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Village V. Muthulingapuram (District Viruhunagar, Tamil Nadu). An explosion occurred in the white powder filling shed of a fireworks manufacturing unit while filling white powder into the chorsa tubes fit: 1 person killed. 28.6.2004

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Village Anaiyur (District Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu). An explosion occurred while filling the Kashmiri Queen tube with white powder composition in the chemical filling shed of a fireworks manufacturing unit: 2 persons were killed. 24.7.2004

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Near Yakupur village. 8 workers, including two women, working in a fire-cracker factory, died when some explosive dropped from a height in the factory room on the Jhajjar-Gurgaon road and burst. The fire spread to the raw explosive stored in the room leading to a big blast. Six other workers are struggling for life. All workers received more than 40 per cent burns. 27.7.2004

Source: "8 die in fire-cracker factory blast", 28.7.2004, http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20040729/main6.htm



Village Ettakapatti (District Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu). A fire accident occurred in the ingredient shed of a fireworks manufacturing unit. The ingredient storage shed was engulfed in fire due to fall of debris of burnt rocket fired from a nearby place. 7.8.2004

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Gundaiyruppu (District Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu). An explosion followed by fire occurred in the gunpowder mixing shed of a fireworks manufacturing unit. 24.8.2004

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Village Nathikudi (District Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu). A fire accident occurred during burning of fireworks wastes in unsafe manner at an unauthorized place within a fireworks manufacturing unit. The worker of the factory died due to severe burn injury. 27.8.2004

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Village Chinnavadi (District Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu). A fire/explosion occurred in the gunpowder filling shed of a fireworks manufacturing unit: 2 persons killed and 18 others injured. 3.9.2004

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Village Kalli (West), District Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. An explosion occurred in the residential premises where manufacturing of fireworks being carried out unauthorizedly. Killed: 3. The accident might have occurred due to the spark generated by friction during grinding/mixing of fireworks ingredients. 7.10.2004

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh. As many as five people, including two children, were killed in an explosion at a house, illegally used to store and manufacture firecrackers.

Police said, the blast took place as the explosives used for manufacturing firecrackers caught fire accidentally. The whole house collapsed in the blast. 18.10.2004

Source: "Explosion in firecracker unit kills 5", 19.10.2004, http://www.dailypioneer.com/displayit1.asp?pathit=/archives2/oct1904/bhopal/bhopal5.txt



Sanghadia Bazar (District Junagadh, Gujarat). A fire accident occurred involving two adjacent fireworks shops: 7 persons were injured. Both the shops were gutted. 1.11.2004

Source: "Annual Report 2004-2005. Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation NAGPUR (Formerly Department of Explosives). Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202004-05.pdf or



Srikakulam/Andhra Pradesh state/Southern India. A blast occurred around 8.30 p.m., as explosives stored unauthorisedly by a cracker manufacturer at his house in Chinna Bazar area caught fire, killing 13 and injuring 13. Some of them are in a critical condition. The house has been reduced to a rubble. Several other nearby houses have been badly damaged.

<<This was an illegal factory, they had no licence for manufacturing firecrackers,>> said Srikakulam district administrator. 4.11.2004


"More dead from fireworks factory fire", 6.11.2004, http://tvnz.co.nz/view/news_world_story_skin/457313%3fformat=html

 "11 killed in cracker blast in Srikakulam", 6.11.2004, http://www.blonnet.com/2004/11/06/stories/2004110602581700.htm and




Ludhiana. A woman (19), who had got critically injured on Friday afternoon when homemade crackers had exploded at Nanak Nagar Mohalla under Shimplapuri police station, succumbed to her injuries (50 per cent burns) at hospital. 5.11.2004

Source: "Cracker burst: Victim dies", 7.11.2004, http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=106039



But Diwali will be less noisy and polluting this year, the All-India Federation of Fireworks Association promised the media on November 5. It said that the 800-odd firecracker manufacturing units in India would follow the 125-decibel norm prescribed by the government-appointed National Sound Level Committee, including factories around Sivakasi town that produces over 80% of India's fireworks.

"The lights go on all over India", 12.11.2004, http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FK12Df02.html



Chandigarh. A man (40) and his children (7 and 9) were standing in a cracker shop in a Nahan market when a blast ripped the shop. Father and son suffered eye injuries, daughter 18 per cent burns and breathing difficulty. 13.11.2004

Source: "It was dark for some", 14.11.2004, http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=106616


Chandigarh. A man's bagful of crackers exploded: he suffered 50 per cent burns, his face chared and hand burnt. 13.11.2004

Source: "It was dark for some", 14.11.2004, http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=106616




Ravuthampatti Village, Tirupattur Taluka, Vellore District. An explosion in a fireworks manufacturing unit: 2 killed. 18.2.2003

Source: "Annual Report 2002-2003. Government of India, Department of Explosives, NAGPUR", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/ar02-03.pdf


Thiagarajapuram Village, Virudhunagar District, Tamilnadu. Accident occurred in the white powder mixing shed of a fireworks factory: 1 killed. 22.2.2003

Source: Annual Report 2002-2003, Government of India, Department of Explosives NAGPUR, http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/ar02-03.pdf


Veloor/Thrissur Dist. Nellikkal Thankappan (55), Rameshan (28), Mohanan (35) and Anil Kumar (32/brothers) were killed in an explosion in a cracker manufacturing unit near Manimalarkavu Temple. Rajan (35), who was in the shed at the time of explosion, is missing. The thatched shed in which they were engaged in making fireworks for a temple festival caught fire and was blown off at 4:30 p.m. The severed limbs of the victims were strewn all around, as much as 500 metres, in the impact of the explosion. None of the bodies was intact.

(In a similar explosion on March 10, 1993, the elder brother of the deceased Nellikkal Thankappan, Nellikkal Vasu, was killed.)

The factory is located in an isolated rubber plantation adjacent. The production of fireworks was being done in tents made of cloths. The unit possessed hardly any safety measures.

The District Collector has granted Rs. 1,000 as interim relief to the relatives of the deceased. 22.3.2003


"4 killed in blast in cracker unit", 23.3.2003, http://www.my-kerala.com/n/a/2003/3/

"Four killed in blast at fireworks unit", 23.3.2003, http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/thscrip/print.pl?file=2003032303920600.htm&date=2003/03/23/&prd=th&



Palwali village. According to reports a blast took place under mysterious circumstances in the evening when a father-son team was preparing crackers in a hutment located in the fields. The father and the two sons died on the spot. One bystander was injured. Another son survived the blast as he was at some distance from the spot. 2.5.2003

Source: "Three die in cracker blast", 4.5.2003, http://www.tribuneindia.com/2003/20030504/ncr1.htm



Jogeshwari. The blast which occurred at the one-storied tenement of pyrotechnician Dilnawaz Khan claimed eight lives and injured 26 others at the Rajman chawls. Deputy chief minister said the explosives which triggered the blast were 'C' class chemicals used in the manufacture of firecrackers. 31.7.2003

Source: "Firecracker chemicals caused Jogeshwari blast", 2.8.2003, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/107841.cms



Ektanagar in Dani Limda. Investigations by the city police suggests that an illegal cottage industry producing fire crackers is the cause behind the blast that killed two and injured 23 of whom nine were children and 11 women. 10.8.2003

Source: "Firecracker production cause of blast", 12.8.2003, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/126672.cms



Meyyur Village (District Tiurvannamalai, Kerala). An explosion occurred in a fireworks manufacturing unit. One person was killed. 11.8.2003

Source: "Annual Report 2003-2004. Department of Explosives NAGPUR Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202003-04.pdf



Vetrilaiyurani Village (District Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu). Accident occurred on Drying Platform. The cause of the accident was while testing the rocket fireworks, the ignited rocket fell on the semi-finished chorsa fireworks. Injured: 6. 23.8.2003

Source: "Annual Report 2003-2004. Department of Explosives NAGPUR Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/Annual%20Report%202003-04.pdf



Andhamuni village, Mathurapur. Four people were charred to death and five others injured following a blast and the consequent fire at a house, one of whose rooms was used as fireworks factory. The room contained a massive stockpile of fireworks in preparation of the forthcoming festival season. 17.9.2003

Source: "Four charred in factory blast", 18.9.2003, http://www.thestatesman.net/page.arcview.php?clid=22&id=51570&date=2003-09-18&usrsess=1



Andra Pradesh. Illegal fireworks factory explosion: 4 killed, 4 injured. 

Source: 26.9.2003, http://www.nato.int/related/msiac/newsletter/Q4_2003.pdf



Haryana. Illegal firecrackers factory explosion: 1 killed, 3 injured. 

Source: 10.10.2003, http://www.nato.int/related/msiac/newsletter/Q4_2003.pdf



Nalabanta village. Blast of an illegal fireworks manufacturing unit: 2 women died on the spot, while two others were seriously injured. 13.10.2003

"Jail term for cracker maker upsets illegal traders", 23.2.2006, http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=9&theme=&usrsess=1&id=107746: Judge sentenced a man to five years of rigorous imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 12,000 on him in relation to a blast in the village in Oct 13, 2003 that had claimed two lives, while two others were seriously inured. As per the judgment, the culprit would have to spend one more year in jail if he failed to give the fine.



Aganampudi. A child (3) died and his mother was fighting for life after the entire family suffered severe burns following accidental igniting of Diwali crackers they had purchased last night. 23.10.2003

Source: "Cracker blast: boy dies of burns, 24.10.2003, http://www.hindu.com/2003/10/24/stories/2003102404880400.htm



Bangalore. The Festival of Lights: At least 25 persons were treated for eye injuries and more cases were pouring in to hospitals across the city. E.g.

-         A boy (8) was admitted to hospital after a cracker hit his eye. 24.10.2003

-         A man (20) suffered a 'cornea-scleral tear' when a cracker hit his right eye. The man, who is unlikely to regain full vision, was watching some children burst crackers when the accident occurred. He was operated and might require another surgery later. 24.10.2003

-         Banashankari. A rocket hit a woman (35), severely injuring her right eye. She was rushed to an eye clinic with her eye bleeding profusely. 26.10.2003

Source: "Fireworks cause eye injuries", 26.10.2003, http://www.hinduonnet.com/2003/10/27/stories/2003102704810400.htm





Cheyyar, Tiruvannamalai District, Tamilnadu. A massive explosion in a fireworks shop: 6 killed and several injured. 2.7.2002

Source: "Annual Report 2002-2003. Government of India, Department of Explosives, NAGPUR", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/ar02-03.pdf



Noida. A student and a staff member received minor injuries in a 'blast' at Delhi Public School, apparently caused by bursting of a cracker. 10.7.2002

Source: "Two hurt in DPS cracker blast", 10.7.2002, http://www.tribuneindia.com/2002/20020710/ncr1.htm



Keelathiruthangal Village, Virudhunagar District, Tamilnadu. Accident occurred in an open space within the safety zone of a fireworks factory where 20 cases of semi/finished fireworks, quick match and black fuse and pallets etc. were stored: 1 killed. 23.8.2002

Source: Annual Report 2002-2003, Government of India, Department of Explosives NAGPUR, http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/ar02-03.pdf



Sandhaimedu at Cheyyar in Tiruvannamalai district. Six persons were killed and seven injured in an explosion at a firework shop in a Municipal shopping complex. Under the impact, the bodies of the deceased were ripped apart and were strewn about and walls of the shop and structures of the adjacent shops collapsed. The debris flew up to a distance of 20 metres. The Chief Minister announced Rs. 50,000 each to the kin of the six persons who died in the explosion and Rs. 15,000 each to those who suffered serious injuries. 2.9.2002

Source: "6 killed in Cheyyar fireworks shop blast",3.9.2002, http://www.hinduonnet.com/2002/09/03/stories/2002090305810500.htm

Tiruvannamalai im Bundesstaat Tamil Nadu. Bei einer Explosion in einer Fabrik für Feuerwerkskörper kamen sechs Menschen ums Leben. Durch die starke Detonation stürzten auch benachbarte Gebäude zusammen. 2.9.2002

Quelle: "Explosion in indischer Feurwerksfabrik", 3.9.2002, http://www.tagesschau.de/aktuell/meldungen/0,1185,OID1066014,00.html


Keelathiruthangal Village, Virudhunagar District, Tamilnadu: Accident occurred in the chemical mixing shed of a fireworks factory: 1 killed. 6.9.2002

Source: Annual Report 2002-2003, Government of India, Department of Explosives NAGPUR, http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/ar02-03.pdf



At least 17 people were killed and 27 injured (five in critical conditions) when two gas cylinders in a van carrying fireworks exploded, bringing down several houses nearby at Athur near Salem. Those dead included seven men, five women and five children. The toll may go up as five of the injured are in critical conditions. 15 houses on either side of the street came down in the explosion, trapping and killing the people inside them. Crackers, stored in one of the buildings, were being loaded into the van, which was already carrying two gas cylinders. The van was gutted in the fire. 16.9.2002

Source: "17 killed in Salem blast", 17.9.2002, http://www.thestatesman.net/page.arcview.php?clid=2&id=2276&date=2002-09-18&usrsess=1

Südindischer Unionsstaat Tamil Nadu, Athur im Distrikt Salem. Ein mit Feuerwerk und Gaszylindern beladener Lieferwagen explodierte. Durch die Explosion starben 18 Menschen, über 50 wurden verletzt. Das Feuerwerk, das für die heftige Explosion verantwortlich war, war für das Hindu-Lichterfest Deewali im folgenden Monat vorgesehen. 16.9.2002

Quelle: http://www.suedasien.net/news/2002/september/tamilnadu_blast.htm


Near Kovilpatti town in Tamil Nadu. Eight women were killed when a fire broke out in a private fireworks manufacturing unit. Six people died on the spot, two later at the hospital. 24.9.2002

Source: "Fire in TN cracker unit; eight killed", 25.9.2002, http://www.rediff.com/news/2002/sep/25tn.htm



Mittamandagapattu village (Villupuram District, Tamilnadu). Fire and explosion in a licensed fireworks manufacturing unit: 12 killed, 6 injured. 22.10.2002

Source: "Annual Report 2002-2003. Government of India, Department of Explosives, NAGPUR", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/ar02-03.pdf



Villupuram district near Pondicherry/Tamil Nadu. 10 people were killed and eight others injured, four of them critically, in an explosion in a fireworks factory. The entire factory was destroyed in the blast. 22.10.2002

Source: "Fireworks blasts in India", 23.10.2002, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2352093.stm



Goshamatral, Chacknawadi, Aryasamaj Mandir, Hyderabad. An explosion involving explosion and fire occurred at a residential house during illegal manufacture of fireworks: 1 killed, 6 injured. 23.10.2002

Source: "Annual Report 2002-2003. Government of India, Department of Explosives, NAGPUR", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/ar02-03.pdf



Southern state of Andhra Pradesh's capital Hyderabad. 12 people suffocated to death after a firecracker shop in the same building as their hotel caught fire earlier today. The fire, caused by an electric short circuit, broke out before dawn and soon engulfed the shop in the basement. Most of the victims were sleeping in the hotel. 4 people were in hospital with serious burns, more than a dozen were released after treatment.


"Two separate fireworks shop explosions leave 22 dead in India", 23.10.2002

"Fireworks blasts in India", 23.10.2002, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/2352093.stm



Hyderabad. 12 people have been killed and 10 others injured in a major fire that broke out in a cracker godown in Osmangunj area at around 4 am on Wednesday, October 23, 2002. The fire, which broke out in the cracker warehouse – which belonged to Shanti Fireworks -, later engulfed the entire four-floor building. At the time of the accident, many of those who were injured were sleeping in a lodge located above the factory.

Shanthi Fireworks had stored nearly 15 truckloads of fireworks in the building in the busy commercial area. Police forced open the building on Thursday evening, October 24, 2002, and found the explosive material stacked on all the floors. Shanthi Fireworks had obtained a licence from the explosives department to store about 1,000 kg of fireworks. There is an investigation whether the company had a permit to keep such a large stock of firecrackers in the busy area. 

Explosives department officers here did not inspect the premises of Shanti Fireworks in Osmangunj for years. And yet, the licence of this cracker shop was renewed perfunctorily year after year. 

Police in Hyderabad say the blast at the Shanti Fireworks Warehouse was caused by an electrical short circuit. Police have now arrested the owner of the warehouse and charged him with culpable homicide. They say the building may have been overstocked.


"13 killed in cracker godown fire, probe ordered", 23.10.2002, http://origin.ndtv.com/morenews/showmorestory.asp?id=31270&frmsrch=1&txtsrch=explosion%2Cfireworks%2Cfactory

"Fireworks blasts in India", 23.10.2002, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2352093.stm

"Osmangunj shop wasn't inspected for years", 25.10.2002, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=26210611

"Building flouted MCH norms", 25.10.2002, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=26209554  

"Fireworks stacked to the roof", 26.10.2002, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=26307539  

Hyderabad: Brand in einer Feuerwerkskfabrik: 12 Menschen tot, 10 weitere verletzt. 23.10.2002

Quelle: "Inferno in indischer Feuerwerksfabrik", 24.10.2002, Thurgauer Zeitung


Bhagalpur. Four persons, including a woman, died on the spot and two others sustained serious injuries after a fireworks factory, located in a house in Kajwalichak area under the Kotwali police station here, caught fire in the wee hours of Thursday, October 24, 2002. The fire, which reportedly broke out around 1.45 am, engulfed the entire double-storey building within an hour. According to police sources, the fire led to explosion of crackers, which were being packed in bundles for the forthcoming Diwali and Chhath festivals. 

Source: "Crackers' factory fire in Bhagalpur claims 4 lives", 25.10.2002, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=26210574


Chomu, District Jaipur (Rajasthan). 11 people were killed and 2 seriously injured in an explosion at a fireworks factory October 27, 2002. The factory was being run from a house in a dense residential locality. Fireworks composition and the semi-finished/finished fireworks caught fire and exploded, during the process of manufacture. The double-storeyed factory building caught fire and collapsed within few minutes, leaving the 10 people trapped inside with no chance of survival. The explosion was so powerful that two people walking on the street were also badly injured. - The government has suspended four officials in Chomu and has given Rs 10,000 each as compensation to families of all those who have died.

Source: "Annual Report 2002-2003. Government of India, Department of Explosives, NAGPUR", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/ar02-03.pdf



Itara Islampur village in West Midnapore district. Firecrackers stocked in a mud house caught fire leading to an explosion blowing away its roof and setting ablaze three huts. 1.11.2002

Source: "Firecrackers blast", 2.11.2002, http://www.thestatesman.net/page.arcview.php?clid=6&id=5143&date=2002-11-02&usrsess=1



Each year, 450-470 people in India lose their lives to burn injuries caused by firecrackers. The Loss Prevention Association of India Ltd (LPA) maintains that thousands of cases pertaining to burn injuries go unreported. The LPA has urged the government to introduce a ban on the sale of fireworks to children below 15 years. 

Source: "Better safe than sorry", 3.11.2002




Tiruchegode, Salem District. Explosion in a licensed fireworks shop Veeraraghava Mudalier Street: 2 killed, 2 injured. 28.12.2002

Source: "Annual Report 2002-2003. Government of India, Department of Explosives, NAGPUR", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/ar02-03.pdf





Uttar Pradesh. Five people died when a jeep carrying crackers for the Diwali exploded. An official said the accident was probably caused by a cigarette butt. The force of the blast destroyed the jeep. 4.11.2001

Source: "Five die in firecracker blast in Uttar Pradesh", 5.11.2001, http://expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=4279


Ballia. Four children, three of them belonging to one family, were charred to death while three others sustained burn injuries in a fire that broke out in the cracker shops at Shahi Chowk. 14.11.2001

Source: "UP cracker shop fire claims lives of four children", 15.11.2001, http://expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=4588




Village Bitia Bazar, District Gonda U.P. Severe explosion/fire within a residential house, while fireworks were being manufactured unauthorisedly: 4 killed, 1 injured. Back part of the residential house and neighbour's house collapsed due to explosion of fireworks. 17.4.2000

Source: "Annual Report 2000-2001. Department of Explosives, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/annualreport-00-01.pdf



Mohalla Munir Khan, District Pilibhit. Explosion and fire in a residential house, where fireworks being manufactured unauthorisedly: 5 killed, 3 injured, the house damaged. Either short circuit or friction/impact could have ignited the loose/scattered fireworks items kept in the room which. 2.10.2000

Source: "Annual Report 2000-2001. Department of Explosives, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/annualreport-00-01.pdf



Lalganj (Sarafa Mandi Road, Old Bazar), District Rai Bareilly, U.P. Explosion in a residential house where fireworks being manufactured in an unauthorised manner: 5 killed, 8 injured. During manufacturing of fireworks either friction/impact or burning bidi/cigarette/match stick could have ignited the fireworks kept on the floor and caused explosion damaging the first floor. 11.10.2000

Source: "Annual Report 2000-2001. Department of Explosives, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India", http://explosives.nic.in/pdf/annualreport-00-01.pdf





Sivakasi. Three persons were killed in a fire mishap at a cracker unit. Ten persons were injuried; six of them were admitted with grevious injuries in hospital and four were treated as out-patients. 19.3.1999   

Source: "Three killed, 6 injuried in fire in cracker unit", 20.3.1999, http://www.expressindia.com/ie/daily/19990320/ige20174.html



Sonepat. At least 45 people, 16 women and eight children included, died and 16 others were seriously injured when a fire gutted 17 shops selling fireworks. Witnesses said the fire began after sparks from some high-tension wires over the market fell over a firecracker shop an adjoining clothes store. Some 25 stores, some of them selling plastic wares, were completely gutted. 6.11.1999


"Diwali exacts heavy death toll", 7.11.1999: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/508426.stm

"Spark sets off firecracker blaze", 7.11.1999, http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3&art_id=qw941984821951B253

Sonepat/Bundesland Haryana (50 km northwest of Delhi). Von den Verkaufsständen für Feuerwerkskörper ging ein Feuer aus, welches sich auf dem offenen Markt schnell ausbreitete. 45 Menschen kamen um, 16 Menschen wurden schwer verletzt. 8.11.1999 



Amritsar. A fire, believed to have been started by an electrical short-circuit gutted 70 shops. Panicked shoppers ran from the market as the shops selling fireworks exploded. 

Source: "Diwali exacts heavy death toll", 7.11.1999: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/508426.stm


Kashmiri city of Jammu. 36 firecracker shops  set up inside a stadium for Diwali festivities caught fire and were reduced to ashes. No casualties were reported but goods worth thousands of dollars were destroyed.

Source: "Diwali exacts heavy death toll", 7.11.1999: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/508426.stm


City of Jullander in Punjab. A fire was reported, in which some shops were damaged. A boy, 10, was injured when firecrackers exploded near him.

Source: "Diwali exacts heavy death toll", 7.11.1999: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/508426.stm



Bharat Patel (24), who had suffered serious burn injuries in the fire at a cracker shop near Bapunagar crossroads, died during treatment in hospital on November 18, 1999. He is the second victim of the fire caused by a rocket splinter.

Source: "Dies of burns", 19.11.1999, http://www.expressindia.com/ie/daily/19991119/ige19240p.html





Four persons are killed in an explosion at an unlicensed cracker unit near Kunnamkulam in Kerala's Thrissur district. 10.2.1998

Source: "National events in 1998",http://www.hinduonnet.com/revents/01/19980199.htm



Rohtak, Haryana. In a fireworks factory 8 children were charred to death in a blast at Krishna 

Fireworks factory. The factory owner was testing the crackers when one of them burst and caused a series of blasts, which blew off the whole tin shed.

Source: 24.5.1998, http://www.makingindiagreen.org/0111mig.txt



Vijaywada. Incident/Ereignis: House explosion, explosion, firecrackers caught fire / Death: 11; Injured: 4 / 11.10.1998

Source: From the list "Explosion" of "The British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS)", http://www.basedn.freeserve.co.uk/explosion.htm



Sutehra village. Four children were killed and six seriously injured in an explosion in a small cracker factory. A burning earthen lamp fell on cracker-making material resulting in a huge explosion. 14.10.1998

Source: "A silent Diwali in Delhi this year as children say no to crackers", 15.10.1998, http://www.expressindia.com/ie/daily/19981016/28950394p.html



Rajkot. 5 girls charred to death in firecracker blaze including a minor, employed at the Shri Ram Fireworks on Bhavnagar road were killed, when the room in which they were making firecrackers caught fire. The girls who were preparing "thread bombs" had no chance of escape due to the rapid spread of the fire, which actually blew off the rooftop. 

Source: 1.12.1998, http://www.makingindiagreen.org/0111mig.txt





Thanjavur. Feuerwerkskörper stürzten in der Nähe des historischen Brihadiswara-Tempels auf ein Festzelt und lösten einen Grossbrand aus. 88 Menschen wurden verletzt; die meisten davon wurden bei der Massenpanik verletzt oder totgetrampelt. 9.6.1997





Sivaksi. Incident/Ereignis: Fireworks factory, explosion, firework ignites / 12.9.1996

Source: From the list "Explosion" of "The British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS)", http://www.basedn.freeserve.co.uk/explosion.htm




Tohtak, Haryana. Explosion at a fire cracker factory: the press reports put the death toll at 23, which included 13 women, 6 children and 4 men. 24.5.1995

Source: National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi, India: Annual Report 1995-96, http://www.nhrc.nic.in/ar95_96.htm



Tamil Nadu State. Incident/Ereignis: Fireworks factory, explosion / 11.10.1995

Source: From the list "Explosion" of "The British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS)", http://www.basedn.freeserve.co.uk/explosion.htm



India. The State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has directed Tamil Nadu-based Sri Kaliswari Fireworks to pay a compensation of Rs 12 lakh and Rs 20,000 as litigation charges to a 13-year-old child who lost an eye while bursting a cracker made by the unit. The accident had occurred on October 23, 1995.

Source: "Fireworks unit told to pay Rs 12 laks compensation to man who lost eye", 28.1.2008, http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Fireworks-unit-told-to-pay-Rs-12-lakh-compensation-to-man-who-lost-eye/266541/





Uttar Pradesh. Incident/Ereignis: Fireworks factory, explosion / Early October 1994

Source: From the list "Explosion" of "The British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS)", http://www.basedn.freeserve.co.uk/explosion.htm





Veloor/Thrissur Dist. Five workers were killed in an explosion in a cracker manufacturing unit near Manimalarkavu Temple. 10.3.1993

Source: "4 killed in blast in cracker unit", 23.3.2003, http://www.my-kerala.com/n/a/2003/3/





Tharia. Origin of accident: Explosion, Fire / Products involved: Fireworks / Number of Deaths: >25; Injured: 100 / 25.1.1992

Source: From the list "Disasters by Date", http://www.uneptie.org/pc/apell/disasters/lists/disasterdate.html



Jaria. Incident/Ereignis: Fireworks store, explosion / Late October 1992

Source: List "Explosion" of "The British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS)", http://www.basedn.freeserve.co.uk/explosion.htm





Lhudiana. Origin of accident: Market / Products involved: Fireworks / Number of Deaths: >40 / January 1991

Source: List "Disasters by Date", http://www.uneptie.org/pc/apell/disasters/lists/disasterdate.html  



Meenampatti. Origin of accident: Explosion (firework factory) / Products involved: Fireworks / Number of Deaths: over 40 child workers / 12.7.1991


List "Disasters by Date", http://www.uneptie.org/pc/apell/disasters/lists/disasterdate.html

"Bhima Sangha and the Makkala Panchayats-Chroniclers of Our Own Histories", http://web.uvic.ca/iicrd/graphics/CWC%20final%20report2.pdf





In einem Tempel im südindischen Bundesstaat Kerala kommen 23 Menschen ums Leben, weil dort für ein Tempelfest gelagerte Feuerwerkskörper explodieren. März 1990

Quelle: "Kein Einzelfall", 15.3.2000, http://www.berlinonline.de/berliner-zeitung/archiv/.bin/dump.fcgi/2000/0515/politik/0126/





Mysore. Bei Dreharbeiten für eine Hochzeitsszene in einem historischen Film wurden in einem Filmstudio Feuerwerkskörper gezündet. Dadurch brach ein Brand aus, bei dem 36 Schauspieler und Bühnenarbeiter ums Leben kamen. 10.2.1989

Quelle: OOeNachrichten





Chandernagore. Incident/Ereignis: Fireworks factory, explosion / Death: 18; Injured: 4 / 3.8.1985

Source: List "Explosion" of "The British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS)", http://www.basedn.freeserve.co.uk/explosion.htm





Mettupatti. An accident at the Aruna Fireworks factory killed 32 workers, including women and children. 1981  


"Children still at work", Volume 17, Issue 09, Apr. 29 - May 12, 2000, http://www.frontlineonnet.com/fl1709/17090400.htm  

"The barefoot lawyers: prosectuting child labour in the supreme court of India" by Ranjan K. Agarwal, http://www.law.arizona.edu/Journals/AJICL/AJICL2004/vol213/The%20Barefoot%20Lawyer%20by%20Ranjan%20Agarwal%20_authors%20version_.pdf




Allahabad. Origin of accident: Explosion (rail transport) / Products involved: Fireworks / Number of Deaths: 42 / 31.1.1974

Source: From the list "Disasters by Date", http://www.uneptie.org/pc/apell/disasters/lists/disasterdate.html