The Nation reports –
Explosion rocked Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Thursday evening leading to the sudden death of four innocent persons, mostly with severed legs, as a result of the impact of the gas.
The gas explosion occurred 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, and also destroyed valuable property, with various objects around the scene, including helmets and the artisans‘ tools shattered.
Visit to the scene revealed that one of the gas cylinders being used by the panel-beaters for welding and fixing customers‘ vehicles, exploded around 5 p.m. leading to the death of the four men, with legs of two of them painfully severed, causing their instant death.
It was also gathered that one of the victims died inside the vehicle with which he was being rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, while the fourth person lost his life at the hospital, where the doctors and nurses on duty insisted on the payment of N35,000 deposit, prior to his treatment, rather than battling to save his life.
Rivers police Spokesman, Muhammad Kidaya Ahmad, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), confirmed the explosion, but could not ascertain the number of persons who lost their lives to the incident.