1 Dead, 30 Hurt in Fireworks Explosion

Nigerian-factory blast sparks blaze in crowded market

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 26, 2012 5:02 PM CST

(Newser) – A fireworks factory exploded in the Nigerian city of Lagos today and sparked a fire that spread to at least nine other buildings, killing one and injuring 30, AFP reports. Crowds gathered to watch as people jumped from windows to save their lives and bystanders ran to fetch water. Shop owners tried to salvage items from stores in the crowded market area, but luckily many were already closed for a public holiday. Three fire-service tankers, operated partly by bystanders, ran out of water and received reinforcements later in the day.

Eventually the fire began to die down, but the emergency operation was hampered by fireworks that continued to go off long after the initial blast, the BBC reports. "It's very dangerous for the firemen to go in, because the government don't want any of these men to be injured," said a government official. An emergency source said a fire probably caused the explosion, but it was loud enough to start a rumor that a plane had crashed.

A fire truck passes a warehouse on fire on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.
A fire truck passes a warehouse on fire on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
A group of men try to direct firefighting efforts at a burning city block on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.
A group of men try to direct firefighting efforts at a burning city block on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
People gather at the site of a fire on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.
People gather at the site of a fire on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
Residents look  as a fire burns out a residential homes and a warehouse on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.
Residents look as a fire burns out a residential homes and a warehouse on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.   (Ap Photos/Sunday Alamba)
A man try to contain a fire at  residential homes and a warehouse on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.
A man try to contain a fire at residential homes and a warehouse on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.   (AP Photos/Sunday Alamba)
Nigeria policemen at the scene of a warehouse and residential home fire on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.
Nigeria policemen at the scene of a warehouse and residential home fire on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.   (AP Photos/Sunday Alamba)
A firefighter  tries to contain fire at a burnt out warehouse on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.
A firefighter tries to contain fire at a burnt out warehouse on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.   (AP Photos/Sunday Alamba)
Residents are seen from a burnt out car at a residential homes and a warehouse fire  on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.
Residents are seen from a burnt out car at a residential homes and a warehouse fire on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.   (AP Photos/Sunday Alamba)
People  try to contain at a fire at  residential homes and a warehouse on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.
People try to contain at a fire at residential homes and a warehouse on Lagos Island in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.   (AP Photos/Sunday Alamba)
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