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Massive explosion of oil tanker kills at least 98 in Sierra Leone

13:41, 06 November 2021
Massive explosion of oil tanker kills at least 98 in Sierra Leone Photo: https://twitter.com/MohamedSaiduBah

A massive blast that took no less than 98 lives happened in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown on Friday.


The cause of such a large explosion was the collision of the 40ft-long oil tanker with a vehicle, according to BBC. 

One report said that a bus full of people was completely incinerated.

The footage shows the explosion caused an inferno as the fire spread all over the area scorching down other vehicles and everything that was around, including nearby shops and trade stalls. The fuel was spilled across the area initiating new burnings.

Panicking people gathered in the location in an attempt to take any measures or to help those who were injured. Some people were running along the road, others stood calmly and recorded the consequences on their smartphone cameras. 

As of now the state-run morgue has reported 91 bodies received, according to its manager who shared the information with Reuters. Initially 84 deaths were pronounced as the result of the tragedy.

The explosion was reported to have happened in the Wellington region of the city approximately at 10:00 pm local time.