Two persons were killed and five others injured, two of them seriously, in an explosion in Aligarh town of Uttar Pradesh on Friday, police said.
Many houses in the vicinity were damaged following the explosion in a house in Beema Nagar locality.
Senior district and police officials rushed to the spot to oversee rescue operations as several persons whose houses collapsed were reported to be trapped under the debris.
The deceased were identified as Kunwarpal, 30, and Ajay, 22, and the injured as Pushpa Devi, 55, Babita, 18, Jyoti, 19, Reema, 23, and Deepak, 18.
Police said it appeared that the explosion was triggered by a leaking cooking gas cylinder, but they were probing all angles.