UPDATED: Four Feared Dead In Explosion At Folawiyo Fuel Depot In Apapa, Lagos
The ever-busy Creek Road, Apapa, Lagos, was shaken by a powerful explosion close to Folawiyo fuel depot in the night of June 25, 2014, Wednesday.
According to Vanguard, the blast occurred abound 8.30pm. At least four buildings, including two banks, were damaged by the explosion.
* The scene of Apapa blast. Photo credit – Vanguard.
The exact number of causalities is yet to be specified. First reported number of people killed by the blast is four.
An eyewitness, who introduced himself as Musa Ali, revealed that he had narrowly escaped death during the blast:
“I am a truck conductor and my truck was on the queue. I was walking towards Folawiyo Junction when I heard the explosion. I thought it was an earthquake. When I looked up I saw a large ball of fire at the spot where I was to buy food and a woman in front of me was badly injured,” he told to Vanguard.
It has been gathered that a Mercedes-Benz 190 exploded right after parking beside a fuel tanker, which was on its way to Folawiyo tank farm. Fire fighters quickly raced to the scene and after some minutes the fire was put off. A deep hole was seen at the scene of the incident. See more pictures of the aftermath of the explosion below:
Photo credit – Vanguard.
It would be added that the residents of Apapa were shocked by the development, as they thought the dreaded Boko Haram sect was attacking the area.
A spokesperson of the Lagos police, Ngozi Braide, confirmed the blast, but stated clearly that it was not a bomb explosion. She also added that more details of tanker blast would be provided later, during a briefing by the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Apapa.
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