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JUST IN: Panic as tanker explosion rocks Port Harcourt


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There was palpable pressure as a tanker exploded within the Obiri-Ikwerre flyover alongside the East-West Highway in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The incident which occurred at about 9:30 am on Tuesday concerned a tanker carrying what’s believed to be Liquefied Pure Fuel (LNG) which fell over and exploded whereas attempting to navigate the roundabout.

The impression of the explosion was felt kilometres away as among the residents mentioned their home windows have been smashed whereas others reported feeling the vibrations.

As of press time, Fireplace Service operatives have been attempting to place out the inferno whereas a crowd of onlookers gathered round with heavy safety presence additionally noticed.

Eyewitnesses mentioned there have been no casualties as the driving force escaped from the scene simply earlier than the explosion.

Nevertheless, delicate drama ensued, when a suspected scavenger who tried to steal components of the truck, was apprehended by the gang who handed him over to the police.

There was no official assertion from the authorities in the meanwhile as of the time of submitting this report.

The event comes weeks after at the very least eight people died when a tanker exploded within the Ometan group of Okpe Native Authorities Space, Delta State.

The tanker was en route from Effurun when it misplaced management whereas making an attempt to overhaul one other truck.

Eyewitness accounts reveal that through the manoeuvre, the tanker’s entrance part turned indifferent from its rear compartment, triggering an explosive fireplace.

The inferno shortly unfold, engulfing close by buildings and leading to full destruction inside the neighborhood of the accident. Tragically, some residents have been unable to flee and perished within the blaze.

Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, together with Emomotimi Guwor, the Speaker of the Home of Meeting, and a former chairman of Okpe LGA, visited the scene to supply their condolences and help to the affected group.

Governor Oborevwori expressed his deep sorrow over the calamity.

“On getting right here, I noticed lifeless our bodies and people who witnessed the unlucky incident. It’s a very unhappy scenario, and I commiserate with the folks of Ometan group and households of those that misplaced their lives on this unlucky incident,” he mentioned.

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