Eight people lost their lives in an explosion that took place at a stone quarry near Abbalagere in Shivamogga district of Karnataka. The police informed that the bomb disposal squad has been called and the entire area has been sealed. Witnesses reported that the explosion was so massive that cracks occurred on the roads and tremors were felt in the surrounding areas like Chikkamagaluru and Davangere. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over this painful accident and said that the state government is providing all possible assistance to the affected people. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa tweeted that a high-level investigation into this unfortunate incident has been ordered and strict action would be taken against the guilty.