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Dynamite blast reported in Karnataka's Shimoga

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New Delhi: At least eight people were killed after a dynamite blast took place near a gravel and boulder crushing facility  in Shivamogga town of Karnataka on Thursday. The explosion occurred around 10.30 pm, sending shockwaves not only in Shivamogga but also in neighbouring Chikkamagaluru and Davangere districts. Also Read - Thanks to Karnataka Police, Woman Reunited With Her 9-Month-Old Son After He Was Left Abandoned

As per the reports of news agency PTI, the victims were reportedly transporting the explosives meant for mining when the explosion occurred. The vehicle was badly mangled and the bodies of the victims were dismembered beyond recognition. Senior district and police officials including the superintendent of police of Shivamogga have rushed to the spot. Also Read - Wait Over! Tesla Finally Enters India as it Registers Office in Bengaluru; Karnataka CM Tweets Welcome to Elon Musk

Speaking to reporters, an eye-witness said that the blast was so strong that window panes shattered while many houses and even roads developed cracks.