Lagos gas tanker explosion: Aftermath effect, houses, cars destroyed

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The aftermath effects of the explosion that rocked the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State on Thursday evening seems to be numerous with many cars destroyed, houses burnt, and many critically injured.

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here are the latest updates on the tragic gas explosion that rocked the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State.

The cause of the explosion

Director-General Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the incident to reporters said:

“It was discovered that a 30 tonnes LPG tanker being operated by Manna Gas Ltd was involved in an explosion which destroyed several vehicles, X and Y Event Centre and a plank market.

It was gathered that the tanker was supposed to offload its content at a gas station, but the owner of the station reportedly refused to allow him because its seal had been broken, indicating that the content had been tampered with.

Enraged by the refusal of the station manager to offload the content, the driver moved out of the premises.

A few meters away from the gas station, the front tyre of the tanker burst and the gearbox struck the ground causing a spark which led to the explosion.

The vehicle ended in a ditch, where a second explosion erupted.

According to an eye witness report, the second explosion sent the tanker flying and destroying buildings in its path, including a church.

LASEMA official said the impact of the explosion spread about 300 radii from the scene of the incident.

Aftermath effects of the explosion that happened at the Cele Bus Stop, Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State Lagos State.

Casualties in Numbers

According to reports, no fewer than 30 persons were critically injured, 23 buildings including an event centre were razed down by the ensued fire, and vehicles were equally destroyed.

Director-General Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the incident to reporters said:

"Thirty people were found to have serious injuries and were taken to various hospitals, while two in critical conditions were referred to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

The fire which spread to adjoining buildings, affected 23 buildings and 35 shops, destroying property worth millions of naira."

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