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Blaze at India firecracker warehouse kills 11

July 4, 2018

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Police say a blaze at a firecracker warehouse in southern India has killed 11 people.

Police Commissioner V. Ravindra Said says the bodies were charred beyond recognition in Wednesday’s fire in Kotalingala, a village in Telangana state.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Kotalingala is 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Hyderabad, the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states.

India has a huge demand for firecrackers, which are used in religious festivals and weddings. There are fatal accidents nearly every year as people work in makeshift factories in the absence of proper safety standards.

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