The huge explosion happened near a gravels and boulders crushing facility round 10.30 pm, sending shockwaves not solely in Shivamogga, but in addition in neighbouring Chikkamagaluru and Davangere districts
At least six individuals have been killed in an explosion at a stone quarry near Abbalagere on the outskirts of Shivamogga metropolis in Karnataka on Thursday evening. The toll is predicted to go up as our bodies are but to be retrieved from the location.
It is claimed that gelatin sticks exploded, killing the quarry employees from Bihar on the spot.
Ashok Naik, Shivamogga Rural MLA, stated gelatin sticks in a truck exploded. “The cause of the explosion is not known. Senior officers have reached the spot. We have to wait for some more time to get more information,” he stated.
The tremors attributable to the blast was earlier mistaken to have been attributable to an earthquake. This had led to some locals in close by areas dashing out of their houses in the evening. However, Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre later clarified that there was no recorded seismic exercise.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to condole the lack of lives in the accident. “Pained by the loss of lives in Shivamogga. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying that the injured recover soon. The State Government is providing all possible assistance to the affected,” he wrote.
Two our bodies retrieved
Two our bodies have been retrieved from the stone crusher unit near Shivamogga, the place an explosion occurred late in the night on Thursday.
Shivamogga District Collector Okay.B. Shiva Kumar instructed The Hindu: “Two bodies have been retrieved from the site. The reports suggesting death of more people is not substantiated by facts. The exact number would be known, once the technical team visits the place and clears it.”
“A technical team from Bengaluru is reaching the spot”, he stated.
The incident occurred in a licensed crushing unit, positioned in the secure zone. “The technical team would analyse the site and arrive at a conclusion on the material that exploded. Based on their assessment, we will proceed furtherm” Mr. Shiva Kumar stated.
The huge blast left the residents of Shivamogga in a shock on Thursday evening. The residents heard large sound and skilled tremors.
“I was walking near my home after my dinner, when we heard huge noise. The crusher site is about half a kilometre from our place. We noticed thick flame, followed by clouds of dust all over the place,” stated Rajendra Buradikatti, who lives close by.
The police have cordoned off the world. The district administration is anticipating the technical workforce to achieve the spot.
Following experiences in a piece of the media concerning the quary belonged an company that provided ballast to the Railways, South Western Railway has clarified that the Railways have been presently not acquiring ballast from any supply in the world .