Explosion leads to panic

By Diedre Fanene ,

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CONTAINED FINALLY: The fire was contained late yesterday afternoon.

CONTAINED FINALLY: The fire was contained late yesterday afternoon. (Photo: One Look Communications.)

At around 11:30am yesterday, a loud bang was heard in Apia and seconds after there was black smoke coming from one of the fuel tanks at Matautu. It set off widespread panic in the Apia township as reports about possible further explosions on the wharf quickly made the rounds on social media.

At Savalalo, members of the public were clearly in shock.

Some of them quickly made reference to an incident where a young woman claims to be carrying the marks of Jesus Christ’s suffering.

 “Remember that girl that has the signs on her body, I believe this is one of the many things that is going to happen,” said Ioleva.

“It’s scary but we need to prepare ourselves, I believe what happened did not just happen out of the blue but we just need to believe that we are at the end of the days.”

A bystander Amio Matue said he was on his way to the Samoa Shipping Services when the explosion occurred. “It was scary,” he said. “I ran outside to see what is going on when I saw a black smoke coming out of one of the tanks.

“Everyone ran out and started panicking hoping that the other two tanks won’t explode.

“It was good that the fire fighters came here as soon as possible because if they didn’t then we wouldn’t be able to have a wharf.

“As a matter of fact we wouldn’t be able to have a town anymore if all of those tanks exploded.” Another witness Val Shah stood in shock and watched the police officers and everyone working together to secure people’s safety. “It’s just sad, at the beginning of this year it was the Flea Market and not even half way through the year and now this,” she said.

“I just hope that no one was hurt at this incident but that’s all we can do is hope and pray. As for the fire fighters they are the ones at risk.

“It’s scary and hopefully we can all recover from this and pray for those who are working hard to make sure that everyone in this country is safe.”

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