Explosion kills 1, injures 4

5 September 2012 11:19 am - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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A 17-year-old youth was killed on the spot and four children were injured this evening in an explosion at the Kandakuli Beach in Kalpitiya in an area which is close to the Civil Defence Force (CDF) training camp.

The explosion occurred when they had picked up an object lying on the beach and thrown it at a dead turtle.

The injured children were admitted to the Kalpitiya Hospital. Two of them who were in a critical condition were later transferred to the Puttalam Hospital.

It is believed that the explosive device was a hand grenade. The police said the sound of the explosion had been heard even at the Kandakuli CDF training camp.

Police said the beach area was cordoned off immediately after the explosion to keep the large crowd of visitors on beach away from the site. A tense situation prevailed soon after the explosion.

Personnel from the Kalpitiya Police and the Navy Camp are investigating.

Police said it was uncertain yet as to how the explosive device had found its way to the beach.(Supun Dias, Padma Kumari,Hiran Priyankara Jayasinghe)

  Comments - 3

  • sunnyboy Thursday, 06 September 2012 03:52 AM

    maybe those kids belonged to someone in the forces. thats why they have access to areas restricted to gen public

    Raj Thursday, 06 September 2012 06:31 AM

    And that the hand grenade being there is not a issue? You just don't leave live hand grenade on public beach (closer to the CDF camp)

    Fazli Wednesday, 05 September 2012 11:43 AM

    As I know this area is out of bounds for general public
    so how kids got a hand to this stuff


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