Abuja Explosion Caused by Overheated Waste Bin, Two Injured

by David Okoye

An explosion occurred in Maitama, Abuja, causing injuries to two refuse evacuators. The FCT Police Command clarified that the blast, initially thought to be a bomb-related incident, was the result of an overheated metal refuse bin. The incident took place near a refuse dump outside the Bureau of Public Enterprise premises on January 24, 2024, around 11:45 am.

Upon receiving reports, a rapid response team and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit were dispatched to assess the situation. Preliminary findings suggest that the explosion was triggered by an overheated metal refuse container reacting to intense heat. The blast caused injuries to two evacuators, who are currently receiving medical attention at Maitama General Hospital.

Affected metal bin

The FCT Police Command issued a warning to the public following the event, advising them to use caution when handling metal garbage cans. Rather, they advise disposing of waste in rubber or plastic containers. The switch to non-metallic containers is thought to be a preventative step to lower the possibility of accidents with metal garbage cans that overheat.

This incident emphasises how crucial it is to educate the public about the possible risks connected to specific trash disposal techniques. Safety measures are being actively promoted by authorities to reduce hazards and guarantee the health and safety of waste management workers and the public. In order to avoid future occurrences of this kind, the police stress the importance of being vigilant and following advised garbage disposal procedures while their investigations are ongoing.

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