A warehouse containing fire crackers reportedly exploded in a storey building on Lagos Island yesterday morning. Eye witnesses explained that the blaze was spread to several houses and cars close by. According to Channels TV, the explosion reportedly occurred at 9:30 in Oroyiyin\Jankara area, Lagos Island as residents of the area marked boxing day. National Emergency Management Agency spokesman, Yushau Shuaib said in a statement. “NEMA has mobilized response agencies and volunteers to an explosion in a building suspected to be loaded with (fireworks) in the Jankara area of Lagos. Search and rescue officers of NEMA having hectic time to reach the place due to traffic and crowds.”
Two firemen showed up in a fire truck and local residents grabbed fire hoses to try and put out the flames. The explosion is reported to have caused an alarming vibration in the area while the noise was deafening. According to Sahara Reporters, an 11-year old boy has been reported dead and about 40 people were injured in the fire. Watch the video below.
Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Fashola paid a visit to the explosion site and spoke of his plans to deal with the owner of the store on Oko Awo street where the fire crackers were stored. Read his statement below;
“In order to make quick business, we have lost a life, we lost property and all of us are in danger. All of these items are under one form of prohibition or the other and we have men and women at our various entry and exit points. How did they get in? How did they enter? Who imported them and who cleared them? Who approved them to come in. Those are very serious issues we must also ask ourselves”
Fire crackers, which are commonly used during Christmas and New Year celebrations, are banned in Lagos.