Thiruvananthapuram: People living near the Devi temple at Puttingal remember Sunday morning’s fireworks accident that claimed 109 lives with a shudder. Out of 25 houses close to the temple complex, 20 are damaged. Half a dozen of those houses suffered substantial damage from the shock and projectiles.
B Saijal, a retired defence personnel living near the temple, said that mishaps had started to occur from the start of the fireworks show at the temple. “One person was evacuated after he suffered serious burns,” said Saijal. “I saw the ambulances moving out of the temple compound four times while I was watching the display from the rooftop of my house,” he recounted.