In the Mile Two area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, tragedy struck on Wednesday at the Anyama Motor Mechanic Village as a faulty gas cylinder exploded, injuring three persons and chopping off the left leg of a mechanic.

NEWSNAIJA learned that the incident occurred when the mechanic, whose name had yet to be known, was passing near the cylinder.

It was learned that the impact of the explosion was said to have chopped off the victim’s left leg from the knee downward, shattering the phones in his pockets.

A witness named  Okey Peter said residents rushed to the scene after the deafening noise, which caused panic in the area.

The witness further stated that the exploded cylinder was not in use when the accident happened.

He explained that the mechanic was rushing to a nearby shop to purchase some materials when he was caught in the explosion.

Peter said, “The explosion was very loud. When I got to the scene, I saw four people on the floor, bleeding; a mechanic was affected the most. His case was worst; his left leg was cut off from his knee.

“His phones were shattered, including his SIM cards, so there was no way to reach his wife or family members. But we took all the victims to the Meridian Hospital for medical attention.”

SP Nnamdi Omoni, the spokesman for the Rivers State Police Command, said the incident had not been reported to the police, adding that once details were available, he would get back to our correspondent.

He had yet to do so as of press time.