Mumbai: An explosion occurred at a godown of a transport company in Bengaluru’s Chamarajpet killing three people and injuring four others on Thursday, Bengaluru South Deputy Commissioner of Police Harish Pandey said.
DCP (South) Bengaluru, Harish Pandey said, “The blast took place in a transport godown next to a puncture shop. Three people were killed including two in the puncture shop while four were injured.”
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Pandey told reporters that the explosion took place in the locality in the afternoon. According to the senior police official, the victims have been identified.
Pandey also said that it is suspected that an ‘unstable chemical’ caused the blast. The ‘unstable chemical’ is believed to be part of an industrial consignment.
“The origin of the blast is being investigated. It was neither a cylinder blast nor a cracker blast or a blast caused by a short circuit. There were no pieces of compressors also,” Pandey added.
According to him, there are around 60 more boxes of the ‘unstable chemical’ still inside the godown.
Eyewitnesses said the blast was immensely powerful and its sound was heard up to 2 km away. Locals were reported as saying that they felt the city was rocked by an earthquake.
An investigation is underway to track down the source and owner of the consignment. The DCP said forensic experts will examine the site and give further inputs on the cause of the blast.