Six people were said to dead10 were injured this morning after an artillery shell exploded during handling near an ordnance depot in Maharashtra’s Wardha. The 23 mm shell exploded while it was being unloaded for disposal, a defence official said. Four were killed on the spot, and two died during treatment at a hospital, the police said.
The ammunition was being taken to an open ground at Pulgaon ordnance depot, 80 km from Nagpur, when the incident happened. An ordnance factory based in Khamaria, Madhya Pradesh, was given the site for disposal of the explosives, the official said.
“One of the boxes exploded while unloading the ammunition. The incident took place on open land,” Wardha senior police officer Nikhil Pingle said.
In 2016, 16 people were killed in a blast at the ammunition depot at Pulgaon.