Indian temple fire kills nearly 80, triggered by fireworks display

April 10, 2016 5:35 AM

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM A huge fire swept through a temple in India's southern Kerala state early on Sunday, killing nearly 80 people and injuring over 200 gathered for a fireworks display to mark the start of the local Hindu new year.

Thousands of people had packed into the Puttingal Devi temple and the narrow lanes around it. The fireworks display began at midnight and went on for hours.

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