Lucknow: At least eight persons were killed and three were left injured in an explosion at a firecracker factory in Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh on Friday. At around 4.00 pm, there was an explosion in a licensed firecracker factory in Rasulpur village under the Civil Lines police station, Badaun Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ashok Kumar said.

He informed that while seven persons died on the spot, one succumbed in hospital. The injured, meanwhile, have been taken to nearby hospital where proper treatment is being meted out to them.

The intensity of the blast was so strong that people sitting in an adjacent cycle shop and some passersby were injured in the incident, the SSP said. “Two passersby were among those killed,” he said.

The deceased have been identified as Guddu Sharma (23), Sher Singh (55), Ramesh (30), Sanju (34), Pannalal (41), Yameen (42) and Satish (24). The identity of one victim is yet to be ascertained.

The district administration had pressed excavators and fire brigades into service for rescue work.

Taking cognisance of the explosion, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has reportedly ordered the district magistrate to take all necessary action and provide relief to the injured.

He expressed grief over the loss of lives, and has issued instructions to officials for proper medical treatment of the injured.

The chief minister has also ordered the district magistrates and superintendents of police to inspect the firecracker factories, transportation of firecrackers and their sale.

He said that adequate steps must be taken to ensure that accidents due to firecrackers do not take place.

(Inputs from PTI)