5 dead in the Shivmogga explosion in Karnataka

Five persons were killed at a blast in a stone mining quarry in Karnataka’s Shivmogga district on Thursday. The people who died in the explosion were reportedly transporting the explosives meant for mining in a truck when the incident happened. The truck was destroyed, the police said.

“The entire area has been sealed. Bomb disposal teams will reach here from Mangaluru and Bengaluru in a few hours. As there may be active explosives, nobody is allowed inside till the squads come here,” a senior police officer said.

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The blast occurred around 10:20 pm, resulting in a loud sound and tremors that could be felt in nearby Chikkamagaluru district as well. The truck was transporting gelatin sticks or stone-blasting material to a quarry in the region owned by a local business. There were nearly 100 quarrying sites in the vicinity.

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to mourn on the loss of the people.

Karnataka CM, BS Yediyurappa announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for the kin of the deceased and also ordered a probe into the matter. “Five people have died in the explosion at a quarry in Hunasodu village of Shivamogga on Thursday. MP BY Raghavendra & officials are looking into it. Mines minister is also going there. I will also visit the spot,” said the Chief Minister.