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Vehicles, Buildings Razed As Tanker Explodes In Onitsha, Anambra

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Vehicles, Buildings Razed As Tanker Explodes In Onitsha, AnambraA tanker laden with premium motor spirit exploded on Friday morning at Upper Iweka junction of Onitsha, Anambra State.

The effect of the explosion, according to information, which occurred around 9:00am, was felt as buildings located some kilometres away shook to their foundations.

The incident happened near a new generation bank and relief market.

Many shops and buildings around the scene were burnt as a result of the fire from the explosion of the tanker that had broken down along the busy Onitsha-Owerri Road in front of the Relief Market.

Fire services both from Anambra and Delta states have arrived the scene and are battling to quench the fire amid a shortage of water.

This comes a few weeks after a Liquefied Petroleum Gas tanker exploded at a filling station on Onitsha-Enugu Expressway, setting vehicles and buildings on fire.

It was learnt that the LPG tanker, which exploded at about 7:30pm, spread fire to two other filling stations and a mechanic workshop with vehicles in the area.

Martin Agbili, Director, Anambra State Fire Service, said that the explosion threw the environment into panic due to the fire caused by the incident.

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