Blast in Usilampatti cracker outlet kills one

A 25-year-old man was killed and two others were injured after a portion of a two-story house collapsed in the wake of a cracker explosion near Usilampatti in Madurai district on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as D Ajith, a resident of Thengalpatti village, Checkanurani.

The blast occurred around 11 am in the house, where crackers and explosive substances were stocked illegally at Nalliveeranpatti, sources said.  The explosion left the victim’s body ripped into three pieces and his charred remains littering the ground at the accident site, Madurai Superintendent of Police V Baskaran said after inspecting the site.

The SP said that the victim approached house occupant L Praveen, who’s absconding, to buy crackers. Praveen used to market crackers in Sivakasi, where he had a counter and illegally hoarded stocks of fire crackers in the house. He used to sell country-made fire crackers to locals in Usilampatti for special occasions like temple festivals, weddings and moreover a kumbabishekam is scheduled in a temple at Pappapatti.