Puducherry, Mar 12 : The godown of a cracker manufacturing unit at Ariyankuppam near here was gutted in a blast around midnight on Thursday night.
According to police on Friday, one Sitharaman (45) of Nallampatti Reddy Palayam in Tamilnadu was running a cracker manufacturing unit at Ariyankuppam for several years with over five workers.
As usual, yesterday evening also they finished cracker manufacturing and locked the unit and went home.
Around midnight, neighbours hear a loud noise followed by the sound of crackers. Initially, they thought that it was fireworks from some Shiv temple on the occasion of’ Mahashivratri’. Since the sound was her from a particular palmgrove, they rushed to the spot and found the unit shattered and the coconut trees and others on fire.
They immediately informed the fire service who rushed to the spot and put out the flames. On a complaint from Sitha Raman, Reddichavady police registered a case.
The cause of the blast is yet to be ascertained. Loss of life was averted as it happened around midnight.