At least two persons of a family were killed and as many injured in an explosion caused by firecrackers they were making at their home on the outskirts of the Bhubaneswar city on Thursday, police said.
The deceased have been identified as Gyana Ranjan Mishra and his wife Laxmipriya Mishra, they said.
Police said the incident took place when the family was making firecrackers at their home in Nuasahi village here for Diwali. As one of the firecrackers exploded, the fire spread to other areas leading to a huge explosion.
The bodies of the couple were found in pieces, police said, adding that fire tenders were used to douse the blaze.
According to eyewitnesses, the roof and walls of the building collapsed due to the explosion.
Police used dog squad in the investigation.
“We are investigating into the matter and debris is being cleared. The actual toll will be known after it is cleared,” ACP Rajkishore Paikray told reporters here.
While the couple died on the spot, two others suffered serious injuries, they said.
“My son and daughter-in-law were killed in the explosion. Earlier, I used to make crackers and now they had taken up the job,” said Gyanranjan Mishra’s father Nrushingha Mishra. PTI