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Death toll rises to 23 in India fireworks factory blast

The injured are being treated in various hospitals in the district, with many reported to be severely hurt.

It was not clear if the factory in the northern state of Punjab was a legal facility, or one of the many illegal fireworks factories dotted across the country, which often have lax safety standards.

India marks Diwali, the festival of lights, next month when revellers across the country set off countless fireworks.

(PRODUCTION: Hywel Davies)

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