10 lose sight as cracker shops catch fire (Lead)October 29th, 2008 - 7:10 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, Oct 29 (IANS) At least 20 people suffered burns, with 10 of them losing their vision, when cracker shops caught fire in Uttar Pradesh’s Kannauj district, police said Wednesday.”The condition of 10 people is said to be serious. All the injured are undergoing treatment in the district hospital,” district police chief Prakash Tripathi told IANS over phone.
The accident took place Tuesday night in Tirwa locality, a market place in Kannauj, about 170 km from Lucknow.
Even as the exact cause behind the accident is yet to be ascertained, police said prima-facie it appears that the shops caught fire from cigarettes left behind by the customers.
The police clarified that all the crackers shops were authorised and were put up only after obtaining permission from the district administration.