In a tragic incident during the Chandan Yatra festival in Puri, Odisha, three people lost their lives and more than 25 others were injured

In a tragic incident during the Chandan Yatra festival in Puri, Odisha, three people lost their lives and more than 25 others were injured when firecrackers exploded during a firecracker show at Narendra Tank. The victims were rushed to different hospitals in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar for treatment. Among the injured was Rishikesh Karmakar, a tenth-grade student, who unfortunately passed away while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical. The authorities, including the fire department, police, and ODRAF team, are conducting search operations at Narendra Tank to ensure no one has drowned during the mishap. Puri SP Pinak Misra has initiated an investigation by lodging an FIR. Odisha CM Naveen Pattnaik expressed his regret over the incident and visited the hospital where the injured are being treated. Our thoughts are with the affected families during this difficult time.


Certainly! Safety is of utmost importance during events involving firecrackers or pyrotechnics. Here are some essential safety measures to consider:

  1. Licensed Professionals: Always hire licensed professionals or experienced pyrotechnicians to handle fireworks displays. They understand safety protocols and can minimize risks.
  2. Secure Location:
    • Choose an open area away from buildings, trees, and flammable materials.
    • Ensure there’s enough distance between the audience and the fireworks.
  3. Firework Selection:
    • Use legal and approved fireworks.
    • Avoid homemade or illegal fireworks.
    • Follow manufacturer instructions for safe handling.
  4. Storage and Transportation:
    • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from heat sources.
    • Transport them securely to the event location.
  5. Safety Gear:
    • Pyrotechnicians should wear flame-resistant clothing, gloves, and safety goggles.
    • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
  6. Preparation:
    • Inspect fireworks before use. Discard damaged ones.
    • Set up firing zones with clear boundaries.
    • Have a designated ignition area.
  7. Crowd Control:
    • Rope off the display area to prevent unauthorized access.
    • Keep spectators at a safe distance.
    • Ensure emergency exits are accessible.
  8. Fire Safety:
    • Have water buckets, sand, or fire blankets nearby.
    • In case of a fire, extinguish it immediately.
    • Never relight malfunctioning fireworks.
  9. Weather Considerations:
    • Avoid windy conditions that can blow sparks toward the audience.
    • Rain can affect fuses, so plan accordingly.
  10. Emergency Plan:
    • Have a first aid kit on-site.
    • Know the location of the nearest hospital.
    • Assign someone to call emergency services if needed.

Remember, safety should always be the top priority during any event involving fireworks

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