A gas explosion last night rocked River State capital Port Harcourt killing four persons.
According to the reports from the scene, the explosion took place around 5 pm in a panel-beaters’ workshop at Eliozu-Port Harcourt, near the office of ABC Transport Company, on the ever-busy Easy-West Road.
The explosion, which might be caused by leaking gas, made residents, business owners, motorists and passersby to scamper to safety. It destroyed valuable property, with various objects around the scene, including helmets and the artisans’ tools shattered.
Two people were killed at the spot, with their legs severed in the blast and another person injured in the explosion died on the way to the nearest hospital, where the fourth victim died having not received the necessary assistance, while medical staff on duty demanded to pay N35,000 to start his treatment.
Rivers police Spokesman, Muhammad Kidaya Ahmad, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), through the telephone, confirmed the explosion, but could not ascertain the casualty figure.