Chikkaballapur, Feb. 23 -- At least six people were killed, while a few sustained injuries after bunch of gelatin sticks exploded at a quarry site near Hirenagavalli village in Chikkaballapur district in the intervening hours between Monday and Tuesday.

The incident comes close on the heels of a similar blast at a quarry site in CM Yediyurappa's hometown of Shivamogga on Jan. 21, which left eight dead.

According to initial inputs, the explosion occurred when the gelatin sticks used for quarrying were being transported fearing Police raid. Some of the victims had kept the gelatin sticks illegally and were trying to dispose of the explosive sticks when they exploded. Two have been held in connection with the incident and a case has been r...