In one of the worst temple tragedies over a hundred people were killed and close to 400 injured when disaster struck at the 100 year old Puttingal Temple in Paravur, Kollam .
A cracker meant to explode in air fell to the ground, sending sparks in all the direction. These sparks unfortunately ignited the fireworks at the storehouse where it resulted in a huge explosion. The explosion brought down a building and caused damage to several structures in the vicinity. The impact was felt as far as 2 km away from the temple site.
It was around 3:30 AM when the incident occurred, thousands of people had gathered to witness fireworks at the temple, which is an annual event.
The Additional District Magistrate had denied the permission for conducting the fireworks display at the temple.
Locals had also made repeated appeals to authorities, seeking a ban on practice of bursting firecrackers.
The Prime Minister and Chief Minister of Kerala visited the site. PM announced compensation of Rs 2 Lakh to kin of dead and Rs 50,000 to the injured. The CM announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to kin of dead and Rs 2 lakh to the injured.
A high level judicial probe has been ordered into the mishap.