Teenage Boy Risks Amputation After Using Firecracker

firecracker-mutilates-handA teenage boy in Delta State, southern Nigeria, whose fingers were mutilated by a firecracker, faces possible amputation, doctor said on Friday.

The medical doctor of the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba, the capital of Delta State, Dr. Victor Osiajuma, told Channels Television that health officials were making frantic efforts to save the boys arm.

At the Children Ward of the hospital, the victim and the son of Mr James Stephen, lies in pains, hoping that the doctor could save his severely damaged arm which has already been treated and bandaged.

The victim, who wishes to remain unknown, gave an account of what actually happened and said he had been in pain since the incident occurred.

Firecracker producer usually add warnings to items to prevent abuse

The risk of using firecrackers are huge Dr. Osiajuma warned, explaining that the use of consumer fireworks could lead to devastating burns, other injuries, fires and even death.

Perhaps a lot of people are still very ignorant of the negative effects and dangers of some firecrackers, but the Delta State Police Command through its spokesman, Celestina Kalu, said frantic efforts were made before the beginning of the yuletide season to sensitise residents of Delta State on the use of firecracker, stating that it was also against the law.

Experts have warned that it is always advisable not to purchase or possess firecracker. They advised that taking out time to watch public displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals remained the safest.

So let us celebrate ‘The Safe Way’, Keeping in mind that all fireworks are illegal.

Ogun Police Parade 35 Suspects, Impound 297 Bags Of Cannabis

PoliceThe Ogun State Police Command has announced a total ban on the use of banger, firecrackers and knockout, saying that anyone caught would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, handed down the warning in his office in Abeokuta, the state capital, while parading about 35 suspects arrested from various areas across the state for various offenses.

The command also paraded a truck loaded with 297 bags of substance suspected to be Indian hemp along Ajuwon/Akute road in Ifo Local Government Area of the state.

According to the Police Commissioner, it is now a crime to organise illegal procession, use firecrackers, knockout, etc. He said that the sale and use of those items remained banned, just as he asked residents and fun seekers to be moderate and vigilant.

While assuring residents of adequate protection of life and property, the Police boss also canvassed quality information from members of the general public that can lead to the arrest of criminals in their midst.

UPDATED: One dead as 15 houses burn in Lagos explosion

An 11 year old boy has been confirmed dead at the site of fire cracker explosion in Lagos as a number of buildings are now set ablaze as a result of the explosion.

About 15 houses are on fire after a huge explosion went off at the Oroyiyin\Jankara axis on Lagos Island, Lagos state, Nigeria’s south-west region.

The South-West spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed that one person died from the explosion, while a number of people sustained minor injuries.

Our correspondent at the scene of the inferno said the explosion occurred after a warehouse used to store fireworks was set ablaze following an accidental trigger of the stored fire crackers.

The fire reportedly spread to the two nearby buildings and has further affected 15 other adjoining buildings.

Jankara market is located in the heart of the densely populated Lagos Island market where massive structures of three to four storey buildings are built itches away from each other.

Fire crackers popularly known as bangers are major features of celebrations during Christmas and New Year across Nigeria.



A shop containing fire crackers on Wednesday exploded in a storey building injuring many and damaging cars and houses close by.

The explosion reportedly occurred at 9:30AM in Oroyiyin\Jankara area, Lagos Island.

The fire spread to nearby buildings and about 5 houses are said to be affected by the resulting inferno causing panic to traders and shoppers.

Fire fighters promptly turned up and local residents grabbed fire hoses to try and put out the flames but the huge crowd that has besieged the area has made it difficult for to put out the fire.

The explosion is reported to have caused an alarming vibration in the area while the noise was deafening.


More firefighters have been drafted to the scene of the fire and security agencies have also been drafted to help in putting out the fire that has gutted 15 adjoining buildings.

Casualty figures are yet to be ascertained.