78 killed as fire hits Indian
temple after pyrotechnics show

April 10 2016 2:14 PM

A fire broke out at an Indian temple early Sunday, April 10 killing 78 people and injuring more than 200 others, according to a report on CNN.

The blaze erupted during a fireworks display at the Puttingal temple in Kerala state, the report quoted K. Laljy, a local police official. It occurred at 3:15 a.m.
Sparks from the display ignited a magazine of fireworks, causing a bigger blaze, police said.

The temple did not have permission for the fireworks celebration, M.S. Santosh, another police official, said, according to the report.
Laljy said the fire was out and emergency personnel were at the scene.
The worshipers were celebrating a local temple festival, according to P. Prakash, the Kollam police commissioner.
It’s not uncommon for people pray at temples early in the morning in southern India.

Rescue operations are underway, although it’s unclear whether anyone is still inside the temple, the report said.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he planned to visit the site of the fire.
“I will be reaching Kerala soon to take stock of the situation arising due to the unfortunate fire tragedy,” he tweeted.

In September an explosion in central India caused by mining explosives killed nearly 90 people. And nine people were killed in a 2014 train fire, according to the report.

Another blaze in February shut down a performance in Mumbai. No casualties were reported.

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