110 killed, 350 injured in India's temple fire
At least 110 people were killed and scores injured when unauthorized fireworks show at a temple in Kerala set off blasts and a blaze early on Sunday, in yet another accident blamed on safety norms violations at places of worship in India, an Indian English-language daily newspaper Hindustan Times reported.
The tragedy at Puttingal Devi temple in Kollam district's Paravur, 70km south of capital Thiruvananthpauram, occurred around 3:10am when more than 10,000 people were present, according to a report.
The temple organizes an annual firework display competition, with different groups putting on successive light shows for thousands of devotees gathered for the last day of a seven-day festival honoring the goddess Bhadrakali, a southern Indian incarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali, the newspaper writes.
This year's competition was taking place even though there was no permission from district authorities, according to the report.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would reach Kerala immediately.