5 January 2016

Nigeria: Tragedy - Fireworks Explosion Wreaks Havoc in Delta

Fireworks explosion in Delta State has left 21 persons injured with 6 others admitted at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) from the severe injuries.

There are strong indications that those currently on sick bed at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba may have their injured hands amputated as the degrees of the injuries are very bad.

Despite a ban on the use of fireworks, investigations showed that the warnings fell on deaf ears as the youths including parents jostled to buy 'knock outs' at all costs for their children as a way of celebrating the Christmas and New Year.

Only last week in Warri, a 4 year old girl identified as Ejiro was allegedly killed by fireworks of 'knock out' that exploded, killing the teenage girl on the spot.

The Police public Relations officer in the state, Mrs. Celestina Kalu in a swift reaction, said that most of the victims failed to heed the warnings of the law enforcement agents, saying that several traders of the 'knock out' had been arrested.

She said: " many traders were arrested for selling 'knock outs' after the warnings which fell on deaf ears. Parents also contributed to the tragedy for buying 'knock outs' for their children. It is absolutely wrong and today there are lots of victims whose hands may be cut off because of the fireworks".

At the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba , one of the victims, Ikechukwu James a resident of Ugbolu community near Asaba said he bought the knock out himself and threw to the air after lighting it only for it to return to him with fire and 'I saw my hands burning and I shouted for help before I was taken the hospital".

Some of the nurses at the hospital who didn't want their names in the print however, called on the state and federal government to ban the use of fireworks while others who spoke to our correspondent described the use of 'knock outs' as evil intention, saying that those that have been involved should be prosecuted, especially the traders.

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