Pune: Multiple LPG cylinder blasts rock Balewadi locality

Dasara Chowk Balewadi fire
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Pune, April 11, 2020: There were multiple LPG cylinder blasts at a small gas filling centre near Dasara chowk in Balewadi on Friday night. People heard multiple explosions and huge flames could be seen from far away. The spot is located about 600 meters from Balewadi High Street.

Soon after getting information, Fire Brigade officials reached the spot and doused the fire. They managed to take out about 30 small cylinders. Had there been a delay in reaching the spot, there would have been much more damage. Nobody was injured in the incident, a fire brigade official said.

According to local residents and Fire Brigade officials, many small shops near the reportedly illegal LPG filling centre were engulfed by the fire. People said that they heard about 8-10 blasts which completely ripped apart the gas filling shop around 9.30 pm on Friday (April 10).

Aashtha Khandpur tweeted, “our apartment is not the one video was shot from, ours is the one right behind the fire. Now that I see this video, extremely thankful for the fast response time of the fire department.”

Comrade Rashmi tweeted, “Big fire and series of blasts at Dasara Chowk, Balewadi. It seems like the small LPG filling shop caught fire. Last blast had a mushroom flare and I could feel the warm air… Scary… fire brigade was prompt. Fire put out. It seems they are investigating now. And power has been cut off now as a precaution”

Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said that there seven LPG cylinder blasts as per preliminary enquiry. “Our fire brigade team reached the spot in time and managed to douse the fire. Some cylinders have been recovered”, Mohol tweeted.

Many cylinder were recovered from spot.