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2021 Shivamogga explosion

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2021 Shivamogga explosion
Date21 January 2021
Time10:30 PM IST
LocationAbbalagere, Karnataka, India
CauseExplosion of blasting gelatin carried in a truck
Deaths8
Non-fatal injuriesUnknown

At around 10:30 PM local time on 21 January 2021, a truck carrying sticks of blasting gelatin exploded at a boulder-crushing facility in Abbalagere in Shivamogga district, Karnataka, India. The tremors caused by the explosion were felt in Shivamogga, Chickmagalur and Davanagere districts.[1][2] Eight people were killed.[3] Eyewitnesses reported broken window panes and cracked roads. The tremors were initially mistaken for an earthquake, but geologists ruled out the possibility.[4]

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, and Rahul Gandhi, the president of the Congress Party, condoled the deaths on Twitter, with Modi stating he was "pained by the loss of lives" and Gandhi calling the incident "tragic". On the same day as the incident, B. S. Yediyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka, ordered an investigation into the explosion.[2]

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  1. "Karnataka: Major explosion jolts Shivamogga, 6 dead". The Indian Express. 22 January 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "At least five killed in explosion near Shivamogga". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 22 January 2021. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 22 January 2021.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. Sarkar, Kanishka, ed. (22 January 2021). "8 killed in dynamite blast at railway crusher site in Karnataka's Shivamogga: Official". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  4. Dwarakanath, Nagarjun. "Karnataka explosion Live Updates: 8 dead in Shivamogga as dynamite blast jolts town, probe ordered". India Today. Retrieved 22 January 2021.


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