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Fuel Station Leak

Explosion in Nairobi confirmed accidental

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Jun 06, 2011

(eTN) - It was confirmed overnight that the explosion at a Nairobi fuel station was indeed an accident, putting any other speculations remaining to a firm rest.

Official sources, while still tight lipped, point to a fuel leak of fuel fumes which might have been ignited by welding sparks as a very likely cause of the blast.

At least one person has also been confirmed dead and the number of injured treated in various hospitals has been pegged at nearly 50, although many have been released after receiving first aid for cuts and bruises. As many as 6 are said to remain in critical but stable condition in intensive care units of city hospitals.

Explosion in Nairobi confirmed accidental
Victim at Kenyatta National Hospital / Photo by Evans Habil & Collins Kweyu via

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