Two teenage boys are among five people who were yesterday injured when a gas cylinder exploded at a premises on Jacques Avenue in the Mountain View area of Kingston.
Reports from the Mountain View Police are that about 2:35 pm people were illegally filling compressed gas cylinders from a storage tank attached to the back of a motor truck. It is reported that during the extraction process, one of the cylinders caught fire and subsequently exploded.
The explosion resulted in five people being seriously injured and major damage to several properties. The injured were taken to the hospital by lawmen who responded to the incident. They have been admitted in hospital where they are being treated for third degree burns.
Three units from the Fire Department responded and cauterised the blaze preventing further injury or damage to property.
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The damage to the properties is estimated at approximately $38 million.