Blaze at India firecracker warehouse kills 11

2018-07-05 05:33
Fire personnel and others stand near the debris after a blaze at a firecracker warehouse in Kotilingala, a village in Telangana state, India. (Shyam Kumar Gokarapu, AP)

Fire personnel and others stand near the debris after a blaze at a firecracker warehouse in Kotilingala, a village in Telangana state, India. (Shyam Kumar Gokarapu, AP)

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Police say a blaze at a firecracker warehouse in southern India has killed 11 people.

Police Commissioner V Ravindra Said says the bodies were charred beyond recognition in Wednesday's fire in Kotalingala, a village in Telangana state.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Kotalingala is 200km north of Hyderabad, the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states.

India has a huge demand for firecrackers, which are used in religious festivals and weddings. There are fatal accidents nearly every year as people work in makeshift factories in the absence of proper safety standards.

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