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Nigeria: Blaze 'after fireworks blast' in Lagos warehouse

  • 12-26-2012

An explosion in a warehouse has sparked a major fire in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city and commercial capital.

Witnesses said fireworks were stored in the warehouse on Lagos Island, and the blaze quickly spread to other buildings.

The blast reportedly shook windows of homes several miles away and a thick cloud of smoke could be seen rising over the island.

It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.

Local residents were reportedly commandeering fire hoses to try to help firefighters put out the flames.

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