The fireworks accident at a temple in the southern district of Kollam in Kerala early this morning was the deadliest in the state’s history, The fire explosion that killed more than 100 persons at Paravur Puttingal Devi temple in the early morning of Sunday is the deadliest of its kind in the history of kerala state. A lot of people died from heavy concrete debris that fell on them because the fireworks ignited a warehouse of explosives. If the devotees and people are to be protected from such disasters, the temples and their surroundings should be disaster-proofed, which in effect means that their scale and intensity have to be rationalised. Both the use of fireworks and elephants have to either stop or have to managed with extreme safeguards. Kerala CM Oommen Chandy said the incident was unprecedented and alarming, adding that the rescue operations at the temple were over. PM Narendra Modi will visit Kerala later today to take stock of the situation. It seems all this happened around 3:30 am according to what was reported in Indian Express.
Puttingal Temple is a Hindu temple in the coastal town of Paravur, India. The temple was founded after the presence of the goddess was experienced on an ant hill; "Puttu" being the Malayalam word for ant Hill. Click here to know about the Temple