10 killed in East Godavari Firecrackers Unit Blast; Death Toll May Go Up

At least 10 people were feared killed in a blast in a firecrackers unit in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district on Monday, police said.

The accident took place in a building in Vakatappa village in the coastal district, where the firecrackers were being manufactured illegally in the building, they said.

Huge flames engulfed the premises and two fire engines were put into service to douse the flames.

Rescue workers were seen shifting the injured to nearby hospitals.

Officials said the toll may go up to as more than 20 people were working in the unit when the blast took place. The reson for blast was not known.

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