Puducherry: A man and his seven-year-old son were charred to death instantly after a bagful of firecrackers carried on their two-wheeler accidentally exploded in Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram district on Thursday. CCTV footage of the incident has since gone viral.
The spine-chilling incident was reported in the Villupuram district on Thursday at 1.35pm near Chinna Kottakuppam, between Puducherry and Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram district when Diwali was being celebrated across the country.
V Kalainesan, 37, a resident of Ariyankuppam town in Puducherry, was returning with his son Pradesh (7) on their Yamaha scooter from Koonimedu village in Tamil Nadu, when the pack of firecrackers accidentally went off.
“The boy was seated on two bundles of firecrackers kept tightly tied in the front of the two-wheeler. We believe that friction and pressure led to the explosion,” An officer investigating the accident told NDTV. “The sudden appearance of the other two-wheelers from the opposite side could have led to a jerk, causing friction,” he added.
The clip recorded on the CCTV shows a two-wheeler suddenly bursting into flames just as it crossed a police barricade. Another person on a two-wheeler approaching from the wrong side also suffered injuries.
“Three other [men] who were nearby were injured, but they are out of danger,” said Villupuram’s superintendent of police, N Shreenatha.
They were being treated at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in Puducherry for injuries.
A police officer, who recalled the episode, said Kalainesan had picked up two bags of country-made firecrackers from Puducherry on Wednesday and kept them at his mother-in-law’s place in Koonimedu. On Thursday, the father-son duo loaded one of the bags onto their scooter and was heading back towards Puducherry when the firecrackers exploded on way.
“The scooter was blown to pieces while both of them died on the spot,” the police officer said.
Their bodies were sent to Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) for post mortem.
The deputy superintendent of Kottakuppam police station, B Arun said that the case has been filed against the deceased and his father-in-law who is the owner of the house where he stored the crackers. “The crackers are made in Puducherry. Though it is a licensed unit, these crackers are mostly banned and are far from the approved green crackers.”
On whether the crackers were from illegal factories, the officer said, “these were made at legal units making country crackers”.