An explosion of a truckload of explosives, said to be meant for mining, killed at least eight people in Karnataka's Shivamogga district on Thursday night.
The explosion sent shockwaves not only in Shivamogga, but also in neighbouring districts, police said. The massive explosion took place near a gravels and boulders crushing facility at a stone quarry around 10.30 pm.
The possibility of subsequent blasts at the quarry has not been ruled out by the police, and the entire area has been sealed.
So strong was the blast that window panes shattered while many houses and even roads developed cracks, said an eye-witnesses.