The gas cylinders blew up one by one at the market, making it difficult for anyone to go near the spot. According to rescue sources,
“So far 10 cylinders have exploded,” they said adding that at least one person has sustained burn wounds in the incident.
Many shops have been damaged due to the incident. As per the initial assessment as nearby shops in the Barkat Market has been evacuated over the alert of further damage.
A rickshaw and motorcycles parked nearby were completely destroyed by the blast, the police said. The place of incident was sealed off with a bomb disposal squad collecting evidence at the site.
Hafiz Saeed’s residence remained safe, but many other houses and shops falling within a 100 square feet radius of the blast site were damaged.
Visuals from the website showed a huge explosion that struck a busy neighborhood. The rescue team arrived at the scene immediately after the event.