Explosion kills pedestrian

Gas Balloon Cylinder
A pedestrian died in a gas cylinder explosion at Sipahipara of Munshiganj Sadar upazila yesterday evening.

The dead is Ramiz Sheikh, 55, of Maligaon village in Sadar upazila.

The cylinder of helium balloon gas exploded with a bang and splintered at the parking of DTL Bus Company, witnesses said.

Hit by some splinters, Ramiz died on the spot. He was returning home after visiting his daughter at Hatimara village in the same upazila.

Police recovered the body and sent it to Munshiganj General Hospital morgue for an autopsy.

The explosion damaged some buses at the stand. Splinters of the cylinder hit the boundary fence of a house around 150 yards from the spot.

A vendor used to sell gas balloons in the area on a small van, said Shahidul Islam, officer-in-charge of Munshiganj Sadar Police Station.

The blast occurred when he left the van to take food. He had fled after the blast.


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