Balasore: A 12-year-old boy was killed in a cracker explosion at Balrampatna village under Oupada block in Balasore district today.
The deceased has been identified as Somnath Mallick of the same village. Eyewitnesses said that the incident took place when the victim was trying to light an unexploded cracker.
“The cracker remained unexploded during a wedding procession in the village last night. The victim sustained injuries on his face and ears,” said a villager.
The victim was immediately rushed to the Balasore District Headquarters Hospital from where he was referred to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. However, Mallick succumbed to his injuries on his way to Cuttack.