At least 18 people have been killed and several injured after a blast rocked through a firecracker factory in Punjab’s Gurdaspur on Wednesday.
Earlier 50 workers were reported to be trapped inside but as of now no number has been confirmed. Over a dozen fire tenders have been pressed into action to douse the flames. According to reports, firecrackers were being manufactured for an upcoming wedding ceremony.
In addition to the fire tenders, an NDRF team has also reached the spot and is helping rescue workers from the factory.
Gurdaspur BJP MP Sunny Deol was quick to tweet, “Saddened to hear about the news of blast in Batala factory.NDRF teams and local administration has been rushed for the rescue operation.”