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Nigeria gas plant explosion kills eight

03 January 2016

Police said on December 25 that eight people died in the previous day’s explosion at a gas plant in Nnewi, southern Nigeria. Six other persons who were seriously injured have been taken to hospital. A witness told the Vanguard newspaper that the blast was triggered when a truck began discharging cooking gas without waiting for the mandatory cooling time.

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The blast also damaged houses in the area next to the Chikason domestic gas facility in Nnewi, and witnesses described a huge fire with acrid black smoke hanging over the scene of the disaster.


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