The vents that allow the gas to escape were blocked by shops that encroached onto sewerage lines.
Gas accumulating in an underground sewerage system exploded on Friday in Lasbela, causing nine injuries. Three of the nine injured people were in critical conditions.
It was so violent that the cars and motorbikes on the sewerage lines flew like toys.
The pickup hit the expensive car that was parked right next to it. Both vehicles suffered damage.
As the roof collapsed, stalls from shops that encroached onto the sewerage lines fell into the gutter.
A kilometre away was the sound of an explosion, which rattled windows and caused panic amongst people who feared a terror attack.
The Bomb Disposal Squad team (BDS), a group of police and rangers, rushed on the scene and cordoned it off while they investigated the cause of the explosion. BDS confirmed later that no explosives were used, and the blast was not a terrorist or sabotage act.
Three people were taken to Dr Ruth KM Pfau Civil Hospital by ambulances. Their condition was described as critical, with burn injuries of third degree.
The traffic police closed one side of the street to aid in the rescue operation. Traffic was heavily backed up in the region as Lasbela Road, which connects the South and Central districts was shut down due to an explosion.
K-Electric’s team arrived on the scene immediately and removed the lamp, preventing any further deaths. The pole-mounted Transformer was partially damaged.
The traffic police shut down a road to prevent any problems during the rescue operation. Eyewitnesses reported that the police intensified the search for a missing person, but no one was ever found. Shopkeepers claim that the sewer is 500 meters long. The shopkeepers had made holes in the sewerage to let the gas escape. However, they expanded their shops on top of the sewerage, which prevented the gas from escaping. Today, the explosion occurred and the loss was suffered.
Shopkeepers are in despair and worried who can help them to recover their losses. Local residents informed The Express Tribune that the stalls or portions of the shops damaged in the blast were an encroachment. They added, therefore, that there was no official help.
The wounded included Naseeruddin Arif Usman Khuram Laldin Muhammad Ejaz Hafeez Mansoor one unidentified person. Three people are said to be in a critical condition due to burns. Lasbela Road was closed, causing a long queue of cars.
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