LUCKNOW, India (November 13, 2012)--At least seven people died and several others were injured in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in northern India.
The explosion happened late Monday in Auriya, a small town in India's Uttar Pradesh state, police official Arun Kumar said.
At the time, employees were working overtime packing the last batches of fireworks before the Hindu festival of Diwali Tuesday.
Kumar said Tuesday that it was not immediately clear what caused the blast, which also destroyed two nearby homes.
He said the owners did not have a license to run the factory.
Kumar said eight police officers were suspended for failing to close the illegal factory, which stood 160 feet from a police station.