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Print edition : May 13, 2016

The wreckage around the Puttingal temple after the explosion on April 10. Photo: PTI

Crackers collected for safe disposal after the accident at the Puttingal temple. Photo: C. Suresh Kumar

A building near the temple damaged by the explosion. Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP

A grieving man outside the morgue at the Kollam district hospital. Photo: PTI

The umbrella display competition at the Thrissur Pooram festival on April 17. Photo: PTI

Devotees offering pongala during the annual festival at the Attukal Bhagavathy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: S. Gopakumar

The certificate from the Guinness World Records for "the largest annual gathering of women" for a religious activity displayed at the Attukal temple. Photo: S. Gopakumar

The Paravur temple tragedy in Kerala was a disaster waiting to happen, given the increasing frequency of temple festivals involving pyrotechnic displays in the State, the casual way in which explosives are hoarded and used violating safety norms, and the official apathy.
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