13:42 GMT08 March 2021
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    Late on Thursday night, several residents from the Shivamogga region of Karnataka state took to Twitter to report hearing a loud “bomb-like” explosion. While several people thought it was an earthquake, it was not until late into the night when it was revealed that a massive blast had occurred at a stone mining quarry.

    Eight people have been found dead in an explosion at a stone mining quarry in India's Karnataka state. They were reportedly moving the explosives meant for mining-related blasts.

    A truck carrying the explosives was destroyed. Some dynamite sticks fell out of a truck, which still remains a matter of concern, the police officials have said.

    The possibility of subsequent explosions at the quarry in the Hunasondi area near Abbalagere village has not been ruled out, reported Indian news channel NDTV while citing police officials. Rescue operations are still underway and the officials have not ruled out the possibility of more casualties.

    Presently, the area has been sealed off and bomb disposal squads have been alerted. 

    Pictures from the accident site have surfaced on social media.

    ​Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with the state chief of Karnataka, BS Yediyurappa took to Twitter to express grief over the situation.

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