Shivamogga: At least eight persons were killed in a dynamite blast at a railway crusher site in Karnataka’s Hunasodu village in the Shivamogga district late on Thursday, According to the District Collector KB Shivakumar, the massive explosion took place near gravel and boulder crushing facility around 10.30 pm, sending shockwaves not only in Shivamogga, but also in neighbouring Chikkamagaluru and Davangere districts.
“At least eight people were killed in a dynamite blast at a Railway crusher site in Hunasodu village,” Shivamogga District Collector KB Shivakumar said early on Friday. “The loud blast that occurred around 10.30 PM last night, resulted in mild tremors in and around Shivamogga,” he added.
The sound of the explosion was so heavy that people rushed out of their homes considering it an earthquake. An eye witness said the blast was so strong that window panes shattered while many houses and even roads developed cracks.
Later, it came to fore that it was a blast in a lorry carrying dynamite. The entire lorry was blown up claiming several lives.
According to the district officials, the death toll can go up. The blast took place at Hunsur on the outskirts of Shivmogga district (Rural).
Soon after the explosion, Shivmogga SP and other senior officials had reached the spot to take stock of the things there. Early visuals from the spot suggested that at least 5 persons died in the blast.
According to the official sources, a special bomb squad was also sent to the spot to prevent any further blast.