The cause of the gas explosion which rocked the Ifako-Ijaiye area of Lagos state has been revealed.
It was reported that scores of people were injured in a recent gas explosion that rocked part of Iju Ishaga in Lagos State yesterday, 24th of September.
The incident occurred around 3:30 pm on Thursday.
The LASEMA director of operations, Olatunde Akinsanya, revealed at the early hours of today that the incidence occurred after a contention between truck driver and his supervisor at Mana Gas Plant.
While speaking with reporters present at the scene he said, the agency received a distress call around past 3pm, indicating that an LP gas explosion occurred along Iju-Ishaga road.
Akinsanya said from their findings, it was discovered that the driver drove out angrily, and in the process the tyre of the truck bursted, from which the spark triggered the explosion.
“Investigation revealed that there was a dispute between Mana gas and the truck owner who brought the gas to them because the seal has been tampered,” he said.
“There used to be a manufacturer seal from the place it is been loaded. So this supervisor at Mana gas who is to take custody of the gas said it has been tampered with so he is not going to take it. So it was with that annoyance the driver of the truck was coming out of this axis and suddenly the front tyre burst.
“In the process, the gear section hit the concrete and there was a spark. It was this spark that provoked gas explosion along the seal that had been tampered.
It’s possible that there have been a gradual leakage on his way from Mana to the point of the explosion, because if there hadn’t been that, and the seal hadn’t been tampered with, that kind of explosion wouldn’t have occured: Akinsanya suspected.
“An attempt to move the vehicle out plunged the vehicle into that drainage and subsequently there was the second explosion. It was the first leakage that caused a gradual explosion but when the heat denegerated to a large extent. So the first explosion had given signal to the people around. If not, the casualty will be about 100 because along this corridor we have people that are welders, mechanics, carpenters, there is an event centre too.
“So around 400 people were at the scene when it happened but the first explosion gave the first warning which led many people to run away. However, the impact of the explosion got to the point of about 300 radius from here which means that about 300 meters away from here, the impact of the explosion was heavily felt.”
Akinsanya added that 16 persons had been severely wonded during the incident, but there were no death record at the moment of conveying the information.