THE blast inside a fireworks warehouse in Muridke that claimed six lives and left many others wounded appears to be an accident, but whatever it was, it could have been prevented, had the authorities taken proper action against those who were running a pyrotechnic business in the area. As ill luck would have it, the police had turned a deaf ear to the numerous complaints made by the locals against the culprits. Also, one would have wished that the civic authorities like the city district government had ensured that an illegal business of the sort was not allowed to take place in the colony. Just the other day, a powerful blast inside a seminary in Mian Channu, that was situated in a thickly populated neighbourhood, killed many people. The authorities must wake up to their duty of providing security to the people. At least they should be having a sense of security in their homes. The police must assure that spots like the firework warehouses, gas re-filling depots, and so on are taken far away from housing societies. Meanwhile, the government could do well to launch a probe against the police officials involved in dereliction of duty in this case.