Khordha: Explosion in a cracker unit at Siko village under Jankia police limits in Odisha’s Khordha district today claimed lives of at least five persons.
Besides, three persons sustained injuries in the mishap and were hospitalised, reports said.
The blast took place at the house of one Sanatan Sethi, where allegedly illegal manufacturing of crackers was going on early this morning, reports added.
The deceased were identified as Babi Sethi (40), Madhabi Sethi (8), Tikili Sethi (4), Dolly Sethi (19) and Dutee Sethi (62).
The asbestos roof of the house collapsed under the impact of the explosion.
On being informed, fire personnel rushed to the spot and carried out rescue operation.