A fire in a fireworks factory in central India kills eleven people and injures many more

A fire has broken out at a fireworks factory in central India, killing 11 people and injuring about 150 others while triggering more explosions

NEW DELHI – A fire raged at a fireworks factory in central India on Tuesday, killing 11 people and injuring about 150 others while triggering more explosions, officials said.

Videos on social media showed smoke and flames rising from the factory as people fled the area in fear.

The cause of the fire in Harda, Madhya Pradesh state, was not immediately clear.

Pawan Kumar Sharma, the region's top administrative official, told reporters that at least 11 people were killed in the fire and rescue workers were combing through the rubble to check if anyone was trapped. About 150 people were injured, said senior police officer Ishad Wali.

In India, there is a huge demand for firecrackers used in religious festivals and weddings. Fatal accidents occur almost every year as people work in makeshift factories without proper safety measures.

An explosion at a fireworks factory in southern India killed eight people last July. In 2018, a major fire at a fireworks factory in New Delhi killed 17 workers. A year earlier, an explosion killed 23 people while making fireworks in a village in Madhya Pradesh state in central India.