A massive boom was heard in the early hours of Thursday at Sriharipuram, Visakhapatnam from a Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinder explosion in one of the buildings. This sent the residents of the nearby buildings into a panic. The building received extensive structural damage, with some of the walls collapsing while the apartment where the explosion occurred perished. Two people were injured in the incident.
The injured have been identified as 25-year-old Naveen Burra and 50-year-old A Narayanamma, residents of Indira Colony in Sriharipuram. Both were shifted to King George Hospital (KGH) in Visakhapatnam after the LPG cylinder explosion. While Narayanamma received 50 percent burns due to the explosion, Naveen incurred some burns, along with a back injury, from the incident. Unfortunately, Narayanamma didn’t make it and passed away in the afternoon at around 3 PM. Meanwhile, Naveen is still undergoing treatment at KGH. a LPG cylinder
According to Malkapuram Police, the building that the injured were residing in is an old one. On Thursday morning, Narayanamma went to the kitchen of her house to light the stove and make some tea. She was unaware that one of the two LPG cylinders in her house was leaking.
Malkapuram Police have registered a case into the gas cylinder explosion and an investigation is underway.
A similar LPG cylinder blast took place back in 2019 in Visakhapatnam when two members of a family living in Sagar Nagar had died and one more had been injured. A fire had erupted from the blast which had to be extinguished by the fire brigade.