Punjab: 18 dead in explosion at cracker factory in Batala

Batala of Gurdaspur district blast

At least 18 people were killed and many injured in a blast at an unauthorized firecracker factory in a residential in Batala town of Punjab’s Gurdaspur district on Sept 4, an official said.

Rescue workers were on the job to retrieve the bodies from the badly-damaged building, an official told IANS over phone.

The cause of the blast is yet to be ascertained, he added.

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