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Bengaluru: At Least 3 Dead In Blast At Transport Godown

A gas cylinder reportedly blasted in Sri PatraKali Amma Lorry Service Puncture shop near V V Puram.

The site of the blast in Bengaluru. (Image: India Ahead Network)

Bengaluru: At least three people were killed and four injured in a blast at a transport godown near a puncture store in Bengaluru. The blast occurred near Sri Patra Kali Amma Lorry Service Puncture shop in Taragu Pet area near V V Puram in the city.

An explosion rocked a locality in Bengaluru on Thursday afternoon killing at least three people and leaving four others injured, a police official said.

“The blast took place in a transport godown next to a puncture shop. Three people were killed including two in the puncture shop while four were injured,” the

Bengaluru South Deputy Commissioner of Police Harish Pandey said the victims of the blast in Tharagupet locality have been identified.

The official also clarified that the explosion took place due to some ‘unstable chemical’, which was an industrial consignment.

“The origin of the blast is being investigated. It was neither a cylinder blast nor cracker blast or a blast caused by a short circuit. There were no pieces of compressors also,” Pandey added.

Forensic experts will give their opinion on the cause of the blast, he said.

He further said there were 60 boxes of the ‘unstable explosive’ still inside the godown. The source and owner of the consignment is also being investigated.

According to eyewitnesses, the blast was so powerful that people up to 2 km away heard the sound while the locals felt that there was an earthquake.

This comes two days after a massive fire broke out in one of the flats in an apartment complex in Devarachikkanahalli near Bannerghatta Road in Bengaluru. A 59-year-old woman and her mother, 82, lost their lives in the fire.

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The fire broke out in a house on the second floor of the apartment complex and spread through four apartments.

(With PTI inputs)

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