| GEO World|
| Firecracker explosion kills 29 in Rajasthan|
| Updated at: 0550 PST, Friday, October 24, 2008|
DEEG: It will be a dark Diwali for the families of 29 people who got killed — 10 of them children — in a colony of firecracker-makers in Tragedy Waiting To Happen Deeg’s Darukuta locality late on Wednesday night. Eight other people injured in the explosion are being treated in hospital.
It was a tinderbox waiting to explode. Darukuta’s cracker-makers, in preparation for Diwali, had built a huge stock of gunpowder. It’s not clear how the explosion took place, but at 9.20pm on Wednesday there was a loud blast. Most of the people were indoors when the explosion shook their dwellings. There was smoke billowing all around and a raging fire.
Six buildings collapsed from the impact; walls of many other houses developed cracks. More than 50 people were trapped under the debris, but people in the neighbourhood managed to rescue a few before the local administration took over.
According to sources, the explosion took place in the house of two brothers, Sukha and Badle Jatav, while they were making crackers.