Palakkad: Six persons were charred to death and seven suffered serious burns when a cracker manufacturing unit caught fire and exploded at Panniankurissi in the district on Saturday, police said. All the victims were workers of the fire unit. The injured had been admitted to different hosptials and their condition was stated to be serious.
The deceased were engaged by the licenced craker unit for making fireworks for temple festivals in the summer months in the area. The bodies were taken out of the debris by police and fire
force with the help of local people, who, said they heard a big sound when the thactched shed went up on flames.