Ignoring calls from various quarters urging people to keep Diwali celebrations low key this year in deference to the thousands of people hit by Cyclone Phailin and then floods, denizens of the Capital City burst firecrackers worth about Rs 15 crore on Sunday.
Little wonder that about 100 persons ended up at various hospitals in the city after sustaining injuries from firecrackers. As many as 60 of them were admitted in the Capital Hospital alone, hospital sources said.
According to Babaji Charan Lenka, assistant fire station officer, Bhubaneswar Fire Station, around 18 cases of property being gutted in fire caused by bursting of firecrackers were reported between from Sunday afternoon and midnight on Monday.
Three shops, including a variety store and two cloth stores in Saheed Nagar haa,t caught fire yesterday evening in which property worth Rs 7 lakh was gutted. The shops of Satyabratta Baral, Sudarshan Mohanty and Hemant Sahoo in caught fire after firecrackers fell on their shops, sources said.
Fire mishaps were also reported from Jayadev Vihar, Mancheswar, IRC Village, Master Canteen, Jharpada, Satyanagar, Capita Haat, Badagada, Kalinganagar, Ghatikia, AG Square, Kharvela Nagar, Baramunda, Patrapada and Tamando.
“We had deployed five teams led by BB Das, Deputy Fire Officer, to avert mishaps in the city,” said Lenka.
Mercifully though, no causality has been reported till now in the capital city, said Lenka. At some places, fire brigade vehicles faced problems reaching the mishap spot in time on account of narrow roads and low hanging electricity wires snapped due to cyclone Phailin.
Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his council of Ministers did not observe Diwali yesterday due to Phailin and flood.