The owner of a firecracker unit died after an explosion took place at his factory on the Qadian-Batala highway at about 4 pm on Tuesday, near here.
All the workers, numbering four, escaped unhurt in the incident.
The deceased, identified as Kundan Singh (50), a resident of Fero Chechi village of the district, presently lived in Qadian town.
At the time of the blast, Joga Singh of Wadala Granthian, Soni of Rampur, Ghugga of Thikriwal and Soni of Bham village, all workers, were present on the spot besides the deceased.
One of the eyewitnesses, Ramandeep Singh, said Kundan Singh lighted a rocket to check its effectiveness in a nearby field.
Instead of moving upward in the air, the rocket flew into the factory, thus setting afire the structure. It was followed by a powerful blast, the sound of which was heard in a radius of about four kilometers, he said.
Seeing the factory catching fire, Kundan Singh rushed towards the premises to douse the fire. The roof of the factory, he added, caved in soon.
Bricks of the sidewalls began to fly in the air due to the bursting of crackers and some of them hit Kundan Singh on his head, injuring him seriously.
On hearing the sound of explosion, a large number of people from adjoining villages gathered at the spot.
Sekhwan SHO Sukhpal Singh and ASI Nirmal Singh reached the spot to bring the fire under control as crackers kept bursting after short intervals for quite some time.
The victim was rushed to the Batala Civil Hospital in a police van but was declared brought dead on arrival.
Deputy commissioner Abhinav Trikha said he had asked Batala sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Jagwinderjit Grewal and other officials to rush to the spot and assess the situation. He said he would write to the government for compensation after receiving report from the SDM.
He expressed condolences to the family of the deceased. The total amount of loss in the incident was yet to be assessed. The deceased has been survived by his wife, son and daughter.