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Fire Crackers Warehouse Explodes Spreading Fire to Several Buildings on Lagos Island



It is being reported that a warehouse containing fire crackers exploded in a storey building on Lagos Island this morning, with fire spreading to several houses and cars close by. Witnesses said fireworks were stored in the warehouse on Lagos Island, and the blaze quickly spread to other buildings.

The blast reportedly shook windows of homes several miles away and a thick cloud of smoke could be seen rising over the island. The fire caused panic to traders and shoppers.

According to Channels TV, the explosion reportedly occurred at 9:30 in Oroyiyin\Jankara area, Lagos Island as residents of the area marked boxing day.

National Emergency Management Agency spokesman, Yushau Shuaib said in a statement. “NEMA has mobilized response agencies and volunteers to an explosion in a building suspected to be loaded with (fireworks) in the Jankara area of Lagos. Search and rescue officers of NEMA having hectic time to reach the place due to traffic and crowds.”

Two firemen showed up in a fire truck and local residents grabbed fire hoses to try and put out the flames. The explosion is reported to have caused an alarming vibration in the area while the noise was deafening.

A huge crowd was said to have besieged the area making it difficult for firefighters to put out the fire. More firefighters were drafted to the scene of the fire and security agencies have also helped in putting out the fire that reportedly gutted 15 adjoining buildings.

The casualty figure is yet unknown but some injured persons have been rushed to the hospital with serious burns.

Fire crackers are banned in Nigeria although it is commonly used during Christmas and New Year celebrations in the country.

UPDATE: According to Sahara Reporters, one person has been reported dead and about 40 people were injured in the fire.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. sugaplum

    December 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    This is terrible!

  2. x factor

    December 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm


  3. Idak

    December 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    In respect of the dead in this explosion, no more bangers from me this season. To believe i got some sophisticated ones for the new year eve. If firecrackers are banned, how come they are so easily available?
    My thoughts are with the affected.

  4. Somebody's Pikin

    December 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    RIP to those who died…what a waste!

  5. Let them say

    December 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    So sad!

  6. faith

    December 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Chai!!! I Pity those affected

  7. paul

    December 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    i was there since mornin salvagin ma goods oo
    i culd neva believe dat dis sort of thing culd happen
    the deadly explosion baffled me

  8. Cool cat

    December 27, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Is that a man standing on the balcony of a burning building in one of the pics? This our country sef, banned goods easily find their way into nigeria, furniture, clothing, fire crackers???

  9. Lindarose

    December 27, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Omg!!!! If only nija was advanced and if only the government invest money on safety issues such as emergency response team and capable fire service men. A lot of properties and buildings would have recovered. God pls have mercy on our country and send us capable leaders to man this great nation. Amen!!!

  10. Temitope Adewoye

    December 27, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Its just sad, these things should not be sold anymore and legislature should promulgate stiff penalties.

  11. loo

    December 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

    law not abiding CITIZEN

  12. Oladele T

    January 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    God help Me, don’t Let me be victm Of This AGIN.

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