According to the information given by the police, two people lost their lives while several others got injured in a powerful explosion that took place at an illegal firecracker unit in Sarsaul area in Kanpur district.
Many residential and commercial structures got damaged in the blast and there was a state of panic in the area. The incident took place at Sarsaul Bazar near the Kanpur-Fatehpur-Allahabad highway.
Sources say that there were large stock of firecrackers and explosives kept inside the unit and the blast took place around 1pm. At that time, several people, mainly labourers were present in the unit as well as in adjoining structures.
While two persons died on the spot, those sustained injuries were admitted to Kashiram Trauma Centre. Locals of the area were the first to reach the spot. The residents informed police control room following which senior district and police officials and fire tenders rushed to the spot.