Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 10:
A massive explosion in Seven Miles restaurant near Khandagiri square of Odisha capital this evening killed three and injured four.
The identity of the three deceased is yet to be established. The bodies have received nearly 100 percent burn making identification difficult. They have been taken to the capital hospital for post-mortem.
The injured have been identified as Ashok Choudhary, Tapan Beura, Bibekananda Mohapatra and Prananath Sahu. Two of the injured men- Prananath and Bibekananda have been shifted to SCB medical college and hospital of Cuttack after preliminary treatment in Capital hospital of Bhubaneswar. The other two are under treatment in Capital hospital.
Fire department personnel are on the spot and the fire has been largely contained. The exact reason behind the blast is yet to be ascertained. Some of the locals, however, claim it to be a fire-cracker related incident.
As per an eyewitness, the incident occurred after a cracker landed on the generator placed outside the restaurant. Such was the fury of the blast that it injured a man driving his car on the nearby road. All the building and people under 500 meter radius were able to feel the jolt.
“Some of the employees of the restaurants were celebrating Diwali and were exploding crackers. One of them threw a cracker that landed on the generator stationed outside the restaurant premises. I assume, somehow the diesel inside the generator caught fire leading to the explosion. It was a really powerful explosion. Almost everyone around felt the shock. It was like an earthquake,” said the eyewitness.
Commissionerate police led by Commissioner Rajendra Prasad Sharma and DCP Satyabrata Bhoi have reached the spot and have started investigation.