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Firecracker factory gutted in Karnal, owner booked

Residents enraged, say they were unaware that the unit was operating in densely populated area

Firecracker factory gutted in Karnal, owner booked

People gather outside the factory in Karnal on Sunday. Varun Gulati



Tribune News Service

Karnal, June 9

A massive fire broke out at a firecracker factory located in a residential area near the Karnal Cooperative Sugar Mill on Meerut Road. The reason behind the fire is yet to be determined.

The incident, which occurred on Sunday afternoon, triggered a series of explosions that caused widespread panic among residents, who alleged that it was being operated illegally. No casualties have been reported so far. After residents raised a hue and cry about the factory’s “illegal” operations, its owner escaped from the scene.

It took the fire tenders a couple of hours to bring the fire under control. Eyewitnesses recounted the fearful moments when the fire erupted. Locals expressed their anger towards the factory owner, who had been running the business without their knowledge.

“The explosions were so loud that everyone in the neighbourhood was terrified. The factory was being run illegally in the residential area. Action should be taken against the factory owner, who put the lives of the residents living around it at risk,” said an eyewitness.

“There could have been casualties if it had been a regular working day,” said another eyewitness.

“We had no idea that firecrackers were being manufactured here. It is extremely risky to have such a factory running in a densely populated residential area,” said a resident.

“We have registered a case against the factory owner. We are trying to determine whether he has a licence,” said Inspector Rajpal.

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