Panic as explosion rocks River state government-owned factory

Panic as explosion rocks River state government-owned factory

- A massive explosion has occurred at the Rivers state-owned flour mill company

- The magnitude of the blast was said to have made residents flee

- The cause of the huge blast has not yet been ascertained

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There was panic in Rivers state after an explosion reportedly occurred at the state-owned flour mill company on Saturday, October 3.

The Nation reported that there was a huge blast at the company located at Industry and Harbour Road in Port Harcourt City local government area around 10am.

Explosion rocks Rivers factory
The huge blast caused panic in the area. Photo credits: Nairaland Forum
Source: UGC

The blast was said to have forced residents in the area to run for cover.

Some residents said the huge blast which caused tremor around the surrounding area was followed by fire.

A source said:

“I left the flour mills about ten minutes when I heard the explosion. I don’t know what caused it because we came back to the place but could not get in because it was dangerous."

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The authorities are yet to disclose the cause of the explosion.

In another report, Governor Yayaha Bello has reacted to the tanker explosion that claimed a lot of lives and damaged many cars in Felele, Kogi state on Wednesday, September 23.

In a statement made by the state's commissioner for information and communication, Kingsley Fanwo, the governor declared two-day mourning to honour the victims of the inferno.

The statement noted that this decision is due to the state government's respect for the lives of the Kogi people.

Meanwhile, barely three days after a tanker laden with petrol exploded killing a lot of persons and destroying vehicles in Felele, Kogi, another fire outbreak has hit the state again.

This time, the disaster was caused by an electric power surge that started in a shop at Lokoja in the midnight of Friday, September 25.

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The shop is one of the sections of an electronics mall known as PeeLinks, The Nation reported.

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