Gas explosion hits Lagos on Christmas Eve

NNPC pipeline explosion in Lagos

A gas pipeline on Friday exploded at Isale Odo, LASU Road in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, sending residents scampering for safety.

Acting co-ordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (south-west) Ibrahim Farinloye confirmed the development in a statement.

Farinloye said the explosion was caused by the collapse of a 330KV Line that occurred within the axis.

He said the collapsed high tension line from Egbin Power Plant, Ikorodu, supplies electricity to Ikeja West which falls under the operational network of Ikeja Electric.

“The electricity cable collapse led to sparks and the sparks got to spilt petrol around the area which led to the pipeline gutting fire and a subsequent explosion.

“The pipeline corridor has been known to have spillage often due to activities of vandals,’’ Farinloye stated.

He noted that the fire was still raging but did not pose any threat to lives or property

Residents have been sharing photos and videos of the raging fire on social media.