Pandemonium broke  this afternoon as a gas cylinder exploded at Four Point by Sheraton Hotel, Oniru on Victoria Island, reportedly leaving three people injured and several cars and property damaged.

It was learnt that the explosion was caused by a leaking hose of a gas cylinder being used by welders working in the yard of the hotel premises.

The ensuing blast led to pandemonium in the hotel premises as visitors and other people took to their heels not sure what was happening.

Several cars’ windscreen and hotel room windows were shattered.

Confirming the incident, the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said that the agency’s investigations also confirmed that explosion was caused by the gas cylinder, adding that a total of three people sustained injuries as a result of the blast while two of the severe ones had been rushed to the Lagos Island General Hospital.

He said: “On getting to the scene of the incident, a gas cylinder was said to have exploded within the vicinity of the hotel. Further investigation revealed that the gas cylinder used by welders working in the yard of the hotel premises exploded due to a leakage of one of the gas cylinder’s hoses.

“A total of three people sustained severe injuries as a result of the blast and two have been rushed to the Lagos Island General Hospital for intensive care by LASEMA AMBULANCE UNIT; while one was rushed to a nearby private hospital. Several cars and hotel room windows were shattered as a result of the blast.”