Massive Fire Kills Over 100 at India Temple
India -- A massive fire broke out when a Hindu temple ignored a ruling to abandon fireworks. The fire killed over 100 people and injured over 300 people.
A spark from an unauthorized fireworks display ignited a seperate batch of fireworks that were being stored at the temple.
Thousands of people were at the temple when an explosion erupted at 3am. The fire spread rapidly throughout the temple and trapped people within. Most of the people who died were in the building with the fireworks.
The explosion sent huge chunks of concrete flying a half mile away.
"There were body parts on the floor, and, on the roof, there was an arm," said Anita Prakash, a resident. "In the past, there's been fireworks but not on the scale."
The temple is part of a fireworks competition that is held every year on the last day of a seven-day festival for Indian Goddess Bhadrakali. This year, the district denied permission for the fireworks display; however, the denial was ignored.
The High Court had mandated that fireworks be stored 100+ yards from the temple.
"We will be investigating how the orders were flouted and who was responsible for the decision to go ahead with the firework display," said Chandy.
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