Scores Injured As Gas Tanker Explodes In Lagos (Photos)


Pandemonium at the Lagos and Ogun border communities on Thursday afternoon following an explosion and massive fire leaving residents running helter-skelter.


The explosion, which was heard as far as Harmony Estate and Obawole, Ogba, Iju in Lagos as well as Akute Ogun State, was said to have occurred around 3:30pm around Iju Ishaga axis.


It was gathered the loud bang, which many residents reported across social media platforms was as a result of a gas tanker about to enter a newly built plant in a residential neighbourhood.


A lawyer, Fisayo Eluyare, who was among those who raised the alarm, said the explosion nearly brought down his house.


He wrote: “Gas explosion nearly brought my house down! The explosion didn’t even happen very close to my house but it shook the whole house and almost shattered my windows.

“The light from the explosion came very close to my building. Thank you God o.”


Other residents appealed for emergency responders to be alerted as the fire, they claimed, was already entering nearby homes.

Many people have been left injured while properties worth millions of Naira have been destroyed.


Confirming the incident to newsmen, the Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Authority LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, said efforts are being made to put out the resulting fire from the explosion.

 

This incident comes barely 24 hours after a petrol tanker exploded in Kogi state leaving 24 persons dead.

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