Low-intensity blast at Mira Road, cause unknown
There was a low-intensity explosion at a grocery store on Mira Road in the wee hours of Sunday. While the cause is yet to be ascertained, no casualties were reported.
The Mira Road police said that around 2am on Sunday locals in the Narendra Park area in Naya Nagar, Mira Road, heard an explosion at the grocery store, Kejian Dry Fruits Centre. The shop caught fire soon after.
Locals informed the police control room, following which the fire brigade arrived and doused the fire. The bomb detection and disposal squad (BDDS), the dog squad, the anti-terrorism squad, officials of the local unit of the crime branch and senior officials, too, reached the spot.
“After inspecting the shop the BDDS said no explosive material was found inside. As it is a grocery store, bathroom-cleaning acids and material like kiwi powder was stocked inside,” said Vilas Shende, senior inspector, Mira Road police station. “Once the forensic team complete their investigation, we will know what led to the explosion,” he said.
While Yusuf Mehtar, 55, who had rented the shop was at home, other shops in the area, too, were closed. Shende said the police had not registered a case in connection with the explosion, but had recorded the incident. Further investigation is underway.