Khordha: At least five persons were killed, including two minors, and three others sustained serious injuries in an explosion in a cracker unit at Siko village under Jankia police station in the district today.
The injured persons have been hospitalized and struggling for survival, reports said.
The blast took place in the house of one Sanatan Sethi who allegedly was engaged in illegal manufacturing of crackers, reports added.
The deceased have been identified as Madhabi Sethi (8), Tikili Sethi (4), Babi Sethi (40), Dolly Sethi (19) and Dutee Sethi (62). The bodies have been sent for post-mortem.
The asbestos roof of the house collapsed under the impact of the explosion. Fire personnel rushed to the spot and carried out rescue operation.