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Huge explosion hits market in Nigeria's Lagos Island area

English.news.cn   2012-12-26 18:08:20            

LAGOS, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- A huge explosion from a fireworks warehouse hit a market in Lagos Island area of Nigeria's commercial hub on Wednesday morning, witnesses and officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) told Xinhua.

More than 10 apartments were damaged after fireworks stored in a warehouse in Jankara market area on Lagos Island exploded, Monsurat Isiaq, a market woman told Xinhua through phone.

"We thought it was a plane crash because our shops were moved," she added.

A spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in southwest, Ibrahim Farinloye, told Xinhua that it was not immediately clear if there were any casualty.

He said the agency has mobilized response agencies and volunteers to the building suspected to be loaded with knockouts in Jankara area of Lagos.

According to him, the rescue group are having hectic time to reach the location due to traffic and crowd.

No human losses have been reported in the blasts so far.

The use of knockout and fireworks during festive periods in the state is rampant.

Jankara market is the largest market in Lagos and sells everything from tie-dyed cloth, trade beads and jewelry to pirate cassettes, pottery and clothing.

Nigerian police recently banned fireworks during the Christmas and New Year celebrations, especially in northern part of the country where fundamentalists had laid a siege with incessant bomb explosions and killings, forcing residents to flee to other parts of the West African country believed to be safe.

Editor: Wang Yuanyuan
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