An explosion has been reported at a retail gas outlet in Rumudomaya community in Obio Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Witnesses said the explosion was at a private gas retail out on the popular Airport road in Rumudomaya by 8.39pm on Saturday.
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The cause of the explosion could not be established at press time but witnesses in the neighborhood said that the explosion occurred from a spark in one of refill tanks located close to the entrance gate of the outlet.
The explosion caused panic in the neigbhourhood, causing residents to scamper for safety as smoke billowed high in the air.
The Chairman of Obio Akpor Local Government Area, Barrister Solomon Eke who was alerted over the incident, was said to have mobilised security agencies and fire fighters who eventually put out fire.
No death has been reported in the incident, but staff of the gas retail on night duty sustained varying degrees of burn.