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Five detained over India fireworks blast

Officials gather beside a collapsed building after an explosion and fire at The Puttingal Devi Temple in Paravur on April 10, 2016 (AFP Photo)

Officials gather beside a collapsed building after an explosion and fire at The Puttingal Devi Temple in Paravur on April 10, 2016 (AFP Photo)

Police in India have detained five people in connection with an explosion and fire at a Hindu temple in Kerala that killed more than 100 people.

The five men who work at the Puttingal temple in Paravur, are being questioned about an unauthorised fireworks display that sparked the massive explosion.

Authorities have already ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident.

Police are also looking for a number of people, who were in charge of running the temple and the festival.

Nearly 400 others were injured near the temple when a faulty rocket fell onto a large stockpile of fireworks.

A building at the temple then collapsed, causing many of the deaths.

Thousands had gathered to watch the display as part of a local new year festival.

Officials say the temple had been denied permission on safety grounds, but it had gone ahead under pressure from a large crowd.



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