Loud explosions heard at Bengal coast, panic grips residents, tourists of Digha and Mandarmani

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New Delhi | Updated: August 26, 2017 8:35 PM

The explosions were so loud and intense that it even resulted in shattering of window panes of a few hotels along with the of a few walls suffering cracks as well.

A police official deployed in East Midnapore district told the newspaper that sound was also heard from Tajpur, another tourist site about 18 kms from Digha.

Two loud explosions on Saturday caused panic among the tourists and residents of West Bengal’s Digha and Mandarmani. The explosions were so loud and intense that it even resulted in shattering of window panes of a few hotels along with the of a few walls suffering cracks as well, Hindustan Times reports. A police official deployed in East Midnapore district told the newspaper that sound was also heard from Tajpur, another tourist site about 18 kms from Digha.

The administration barred the tourist to go inside water after hearing the explosion sound. The report says that Chandipur Odisha coastline is about 50 km from Digha and there are speculations that explosion sounds might be a result of test fires. Earlier, a number of missiles, including Akash, Shaurya, Agni and Prithvi ballistic missiles, has been launched from the Integrated Test Range. Speculations were rife that explosions could have carried out in the depths of the sea and the explosion sound may be a result sonic boom, that also shattered the window panes.

Further inputs awaited

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