Balloon vendor killed in cylinder blast in Thane, 13 injured

Thane: A 52-year-old balloon seller was today killed and 13 others, including five children, were injured when a cylinder used for filling balloons with gas exploded at a school in Kalyan town here, police said.

The management of Arya Gurukul School, where the incident occurred, had hired the balloon seller for the annual sports day, they said.

"The man was filling the balloons with helium gas when suddenly the cylinder exploded this afternoon. The impact was so powerful that the victim was blown away in the blast and died on the spot," Thane city police spokesperson Gajanan Kabdule said.

The vendor was identified as R D Prasad and his body was sent for postmortem, he said.

As many as 13 others, including five school students, sustained injuries in the incident. Police and fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and the injured were admitted to a nearby hospital, Kabdule said.

A case has been registered in this connection and further investigation is underway, the Spokesperson said.

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