At least 86 people were killed and several others injured when an explosion took place at the Puttingal Devi temple during a festival at Paravoor in Kerala's Kollam district at around 3 am on Sunday morning, PTI reports.
As the temple festival was on, a fireworks display had commenced at the temple precincts since midnight and hundreds of people had gathered to watch the show.
As the fireworks display was coming to a close at 3 am, an explosion is suspected to have occurred at the storeroom filled with crackers, the police said. Men, women and police officials are among the dead.
Fifty of the injured were rushed to the Trivandrum Medical College in the state capital and five people died after being brought there.