Petlawad explosion

2015 Petlawad explosion
Date12 September 2015 (2015-09-12)
Time08:30 IST (03:00 UTC)
LocationPetlawad, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, India
TypeExplosions, building collapse
CauseGas explosion, Gelignite explosion
Non-fatal injuries150+
AccusedRajendra Kasawa
Petlawad is located in Madhya Pradesh
Location of Petlawad in Madhya Pradesh state.

On the morning of 12 September 2015, an explosion in the town of Petlawad of the Jhabua district in the state of Madhya Pradesh of India killed 104 people.[1] The cause of the explosion was attributed to illegally stored explosives that detonated, along with a cooking gas cylinder.[2][3]


A police report stated that there were two explosions. Initially, it was suspected that the first explosion occurred in a crowded restaurant, triggering the second explosion where stored sticks of gelignite exploded in the warehouse.[4] However, following further investigation, police believe the initial explosion was in the warehouse.[5] The impact of the explosion damaged the building in which the restaurant was located as well as the building where the explosive material was located.[6] The explosion also caused deaths at a crowded bus stop nearby.[1]

The state police began performing autopsies on the bodies, while State Home Minister Babulal Gaur stated that an inquiry would be conducted. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced compensation of 200,000 rupees (about 3,000 USD) to the kin of the deceased and 50,000 (about 750 USD) to the injured.[7]

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, expressed condolences in a message to Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav,[2] while Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the deaths on Twitter.[1]