Dhaka, Oct 30 : Four children were among five persons died while 14 others injured after a gas cylinder used to inflate balloons exploded in the capital Dhaka Rupnoger residential area on Road No 11, here on Wednesday afternoon.
Four people died after a balloon vendor's gas cylinder exploded, said Rupnagar Police Inspector Mokammel Hoque.A vendor was inflating balloons using a gas cylinder placed on a van near a slum, the inspector said, citing witnesses.
The van was surrounded by a lot of people, some of whom were buying balloons, when the cylinder suddenly exploded.Three units of the fire service were dispatched to the scene to conduct the rescue efforts, said Anwar Hossain, a senior fire service official. Four of the victims were children while the other was a woman aged about 30.
The children were identified only as Ramzan, 8, Nupur, 10, Shahin, 7, and Jannat, 14. The injured were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Of these injured, four are adults while the rest are children. Two of the injured are in critical condition, according to doctors, said Bacchu Mia, inspector of DMCH police outpost.(UNI)