Khagrachhari, Feb 20 (UNB) – The Department of Explosives has started to look into the gas cylinder blast in Khagrachhari in which seven people were injured.
A special team from the department’s Chattogram office visited the site on Wednesday.
The blast took place at a gas cylinder shop at Khobongpuria area in the Sadar Upazila on Tuesday. Four of the critically injured victims have been transferred to Chittagong Medical College Hospital.
“It’s not a normal explosion,” Explosives Inspector Md Tofazzal Hossain, who led the team, told UNB.
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“Gas accumulated in the room when a smaller cylinder was being refilled from a bigger one,” he explained. “And then, there was an electric short-circuit when a switch was turned on, which triggered the explosion.”
Tofazal said Kanton Chakma, the shop’s proprietor, only had permission to store and sell gas cylinders but he was illegally refilling smaller cylinders to line his pockets.
The blast took place during one such refill.
Tofazzal was accompanied by Assistant Explosives Inspector Md Mehedi Islam Khan and Khagrachhari Police Station’s Sub-Inspector Bayesul Islam.
Shahadat Hossain Titu, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said the team will submit its report by Sunday. “We will take further steps based on the investigators’ recommendations,” he said.