NEW DELHI, INDIA — A scientist was killed and three others were injured Wednesday in an explosion inside Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at Bengaluru city in southern state of Karnataka, officials said.
According to reports the blast was caused after a hydrogen cylinder exploded at laboratory of the institute.
“Today late afternoon a blast was reported inside the aerospace lab in IISc,” a police official said. “Four people were injured in the blast, out of which one researcher Manoj Kumar succumbed. The three injured ones, who suffered severe wounds, including burns and fractures were rushed to a nearby hospital.”
Reports quoting officials at the institute said the intensity of the blast was such that it flung away four researchers, one of them some 20 feet away.
Officials said it was the first time that such a mishandling took place at the institute.
Police have registered a case and ordered investigations into the explosion.
Established in 1909, the IISc is a public institute for research and higher education in science, engineering, design, and management.