New Delhi , 22 JAN 2021|| News Desk

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“There was no earthquake. But an explosion did take place at Hunsur on the outskirts of Shivamogga under the Rural Police station limits,” a police officer told news agency. … The victims were reportedly transporting the explosives meant for mining when the explosion took place. Eight people who died in the blast were reportedly transporting the explosives meant for mining in a truck when the incident happened in Karnataka’s Shivamogga town on Thursday night. The explosion was heard across Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa’s home district at around 10.15 pm

As many as eight people were killed in a mysterious blast that shook Karnataka’s Shivamogga district on Thursday night and sent shockwaves in neighbouring Chikkamagaluru and Davangere districts.

As per reports, the massive explosion took place near gravel and boulder crushing facility at a stone mining quarry in Shivamogga. The possibility of subsequent blasts at the quarry at Hunasondi near village Abbalagere has not been ruled out by the state police since some dynamite sticks are still live.

A bomb disposal squad has been rushed to the spot of the incident and the entire area has been sealed off. “I had instructed the authorities last night to take all necessary measures for rescue operations and others. A high-level probe has also been ordered. Strict action will be taken against the guilty,” Chief Minister of Karnataka B.S Yediyurappa said.

He added, “The incident that took place in Shivamogga yesterday night is tragic and highly unfortunate. I express my deepest condolences to the kin of the deceased.”

According to the police, the blast took place near a gravel and boulder crushing facility around 10.30 pm and it sent shockwaves in neighbouring areas including Chikkamagaluru and Davangere districts. “The blast was so strong that window panes shattered while many houses and even roads developed cracks,” agencies quoted eye-witnesses as saying.

The jolt was mistaken to have been caused by an earthquake, following which geologists were contacted who ruled out recording tremors in any of their observatories. “There was no earthquake. But an explosion did take place at Hunsur on the outskirts of Shivamogga under the Rural Police station limits,” a police officer said according to Agencies.

Adding that the death toll might go up, another police Official said, “There has been a blast in a truck carrying gelatin. Six labourers in the truck were found dead. The vibrations were felt locally.”

As the news broke, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his pain at the loss of lives saying the state government is providing all possible assistance to the affected.

“Pained by the loss of lives in Shivamogga. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying that the injured recover soon. The State Government is providing all possible assistance to the affected,” he tweeted.

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