A shocking incident took place at Danton in West Midnapore.  Four people were severely injured in a blast at a fireworks factory on Sunday (November 15) evening. The asbestos roof of the factory was blown off.

The injured were immediately admitted to Danton rural hospital.

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Locals allegedly beat up Riyajed Mullick, in whose house the factory operated. 

Owners of factories in fireworks manufacturing hubs of Champahati and Nungi in South 24 Parganas are worried about unsold fireworks setting off similar blasts.

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Sukhdeb Naskar, secretary of the Fireworks Manufacturers’ Union in Champahati and Nungi, said, “All of us manufacturers have huge stockpiles of fireworks that never got sold after Calcutta High Court banned their use on Diwali and Kali Puja this year. We are trying to locate a central storage facility where all our unsold stock can be stored.”