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4 Injured, Many Houses Destroyed As Explosion Hits Lagos


An explosion has occurred in a bungalow at Oworonshoki area of Lagos, Nigeria. Four people were injured and many houses destroyed.

The explosion occurred at House 88, behind Oworonshoki bus stop which caused a serious vibration and panic stricken in the faces of people with a pandemonium ensuing.

The explosion left several houses destroyed and the windows of some shattered.

Officials  of the  Lagos State Fire Services, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, the police and others were at the scene to rescue victims.

The crowd at the scene was making it difficult for rescue operators to do their job as they searched frantically in the ruins of houses to see if there were casualties.

General Manager, Michael Akindele said the explosion was not a bomb, but a chemical explosion.

He said the explosion occurred in a bungalow where gas and carbonated drinks were being sold.

He said a leakage from one of the gas cylinders ignited the explosion and that with the aid of the carbonated wares being sold, the explosion was massive and destroyed some houses closed to the building.

Akindele explained that the bungalow housed five shops, one of which the gas was being sold and other carbonated drinks.

He said four people were injured in the explosion, which includes three male adult and a six-month old baby, saying that the baby had been rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, for urgent medical attention.

According to him, “no life was lost, we only have four casualties, three adult male and a six-month old baby. The recovery process is still ongoing. It is not a bomb explosion but a chemical explosion.”


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