Six houses were affected on Saturday in an explosion that rocked Dumez Street, on Benin-Auchi Road, Eyean, a suburb of Benin City in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State, The Nation reports.
Residents scampered to safety but no life was lost in the incident.
The explosion, as gathered by our reporter, took place at No. 4, Dumez Street with the impact felt in five other houses in the neighbourhood.
Some policemen quickly rushed to the area to prevent looting by hoodlums and confirm what led to the incident.
One of the landlords in the area, Pastor David Iginua, whose house was also affected by the explosion, revealed that he heard the bang, which shattered the window panes of some of the houses.
He also stated that neighbours claimed the owner of the mostly affected house, “a well-known bomb maker, was testing one of the bombs in a well, when the explosion suddenly occurred.”
It was also gathered that men of the nearby Aduwawa police station were informed of the explosion and responded quickly.
They reportedly inspected the area and arrested a man while operatives of the Edo Police Command’s anti-bomb squad later arrived to ensure that everything was all right.
Edo Commissioner of Police, Lawan Jimeta, confirmed the explosion on phone.
He said investigation by officers and men of his command was ongoing.