Gas Cylinder Explosion in Karachi Kills at Least Two, Injures Eight

Gas cylinder explosion in Karachi kills 2, injures 8; incident highlights safety risks due to gas shortages in the region.

Waqas Arain
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Gas Cylinder Explosion in Karachi Kills at Least Two, Injures Eight

Gas Cylinder Explosion in Karachi Kills at Least Two, Injures Eight

On April 30, 2024, a gas cylinder explosion occurred in a shop within the busy generator market in Karachi's New Challi area, killing at least two people and injuring eight others. The blast caused a severe fire and significant damage to the surrounding area, with the roof of one of the affected shops collapsing due to the impact.

Eyewitnesses reported that the fire broke out in two shops following the explosion. Rescue teams responded quickly, evacuating the injured to nearby hospitals. Hospital authorities confirmed the two fatalities and stated that the injured were in stable condition.

The police said a search was underway after witnesses reported that a person was still buried under the debris. The bomb disposal squad was called in for further investigation.

Why this matters: Gas cylinder explosions are a common occurrence in the region due to factors like low-quality cylinders and failure to follow safety protocols. The incident serves as a reminder of the dangers associated with the improper handling of gas cylinders, which has led to similar events in different areas of Karachi.

In a similar incident in December 2023, a gas cylinder blast in Karachi's Machar Colony had killed three people and wounded 17 others when a two-story building collapsed. Authorities are investigating the cause of the explosion and assessing the safety measures in place to prevent similar incidents in the densely populated commercial areas of Karachi. "Because of severe gas load shedding in Karachi, citizens are compelled to purchase gas cylinders, exposing themselves to increased safety risks," the article notes.

Key Takeaways

  • Gas cylinder explosion in Karachi's New Challi area killed 2, injured 8.
  • Blast caused severe fire and damage, with one shop's roof collapsing.
  • Search ongoing for person reported buried under debris, bomb squad investigating.
  • Gas cylinder explosions common in region due to low-quality cylinders, safety issues.
  • Similar incident in Dec 2023 killed 3, highlighting gas safety risks in Karachi.