At least eight persons, including two children, were killed and seven others suffered injuries in a massive explosion in a room storing gelatin rods in a quarry, meant for use in mining, in mining area of Ras Pahadi under Obra police station in Sonbhadra district on Thursday. The incident took place at around 1.30 pm.
According to police, while Suraj Lal, 25, Jeet Singh, 35, and Ramnarayan, 26, Vinod, 15, Chhotu, 20, Jwala, 10 and
an eight-year-old unidentified boy died on the spot, one Laxmandhari succumbed while undergoing treatment.
The injured had been admitted to Obra Project hospital, the police said.
The police also said the work of breaking mountain was in progress at the quarry. Around 150 metres from the spot, gelatin rods were stored in a room which was under lock. During lunch break, some daily wagers having their quarters around, spotted smoke emanating from the store room.
They ran toward the room and tried to break the lock in order to avoid the explosion. However, before they could remove the lock, explosion took place, killing eight persons. The explosion was so massive that it completely blew up a room located near the store house.
Senior police officials, including circle officer Obra Praveen Kumar Yadav along with station Virendra Yadav reached the spot. They stayed at a certain distance from the spot for about an hour fearing that unexploded gelatin rods, if there were any in the room, could explode. In the meantime, they informed senior district officials about the mishap.
Moreover, district magistrate GS Priyadarshi and superintendent of police Shiv Shankar Yadav reached the spot. They met the injured persons at the hospital.
“A magisterial probe has been ordered into the incident to find out the cause of explosion. An FIR has also been registered against the owner of the store room,” informed the district magistrate.