Breaking: 1 dead in Kanpur firecracker factory explosion

KANPUR: One person has been killed while several others are feared trapped inside the rubble after an explosion in a firecracker factory destroyed several houses in Kanpur.

About seven houses near the factory in Sarsaul market have been completely destroyed, Navbharat Times reported.

Police have reached the spot and have begun the relief work to get people out of the debris.

According to the report, the factory was operating illegally in the area.

Diwali, the festival of lights which has metamorphosed into the festival of sparks, is around the corner — the time when there’s a surge in the illegal firecracker factories.