Chemical explosion kills 5, injures 50 in Plateau

Five people were killed and 50 others injured in a chemical explosion at Lamingo Water Treatment Plant, Jos, on Saturday.

The spokesperson of the police command in Plateau, Emanuel Abu, who confirmed the incident, tsaid in Jos that the explosion occurred around 4 a.m.

“An explosion associated with chemicals used in treating water at Lamingo water treatment plant injured about 50 people.

“Those injured were rushed to the hospital where five were confirmed dead and the rest put on admission.”

Abu said the police command had deployed experts from its explosive device unit to ensure safety, while efforts were being taken to prevent recurrence.

A source at the Water Board said that the explosion followed a chlorine burst at the plant, which injured many an razed down nearby houses.

The source said the affected persons were being treated at Jos Specialists Hospital.


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