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Five killed in fireworks after Dhoni's knock

Three of the victims were said to be the sole breadwinners for their families.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 13:45 IST

Five persons were killed in a small town in Uttar Pradesh when the celebratory burst of crackers over Mahendra Singh Dhoni's mammoth innings during the India-Pakistan Test in Faisalabad led to a huge explosion in a fireworks shop.

The incident occurred in a residential area in the Airwa Katra townin Auraiya district when a group of jubilant cricket fans burstcrackers close to a fireworks shop soon afterDhoni's innings. The sparks from the crackers set the entire shop on fire leading to a major explosion.

According to Auraiya Additional Superintendent of Police S Bharadwaj, "The whole cracker shop went up in flames, leaving five persons completely charred."

"The young boy who had burst the crackers in excitement died on the spot, together with four others, including the cracker shop owner," Bharadwaj said.

Three of the victims were said to be the sole breadwinners for their families.

First Published: Jan 25, 2006 13:36 IST