In one of the worst temple tragedies over a hundred people were killed and close to 400 injured when disaster struck at the 100 year old Puttingal Temple in Paravur, Kollam .
A cracker meant to explode in air fell to the ground, sending sparks in all the direction. These sparks unfortunately ignited the fireworks at the storehouse where it resulted in a huge explosion. The explosion brought down a building and caused damage to several structures in the vicinity. The impact was felt as far as 2 km away from the temple site.
It was around 3:30 AM when the incident occurred, thousands of people had gathered to witness fireworks at the temple, which is an annual event.

Warnings Ignored:

The Additional District Magistrate had denied the permission for conducting the fireworks display at the temple.
Locals had also made repeated appeals to authorities, seeking a ban on practice of bursting firecrackers.

Govt. Action:

The Prime Minister and Chief Minister of Kerala visited the site. PM announced compensation of Rs 2 Lakh to kin of dead and Rs 50,000 to the injured. The CM announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to kin of dead and Rs 2 lakh to the injured.
A high level judicial probe has been ordered into the mishap.