The explosion that rocked a shopping center in Manama on Monday was the result of a gas cylinder leak, officials said Tuesday, quoted by the Gulf Daily News.
The blast killed a Bangladeshi man and injured 22 others.
“Investigators worked through the night to identify the cause of the blast,” said Civil Defense and Fire Service chief Colonel James Windsor.
However, they were still not sure what ignited the cylinder at the Abu Jassim Sandwich Shop on Road 21, about 2,000 feet from Jidhafs Road in Manama, he said.
“The blast served as a tragic reminder of how dangerous gas cylinders can be,” said Windsor, who urged people to use extreme caution when using gas at home or at work.
The explosion blew four garage-door sized aluminum panels from the two-storey building and into the busy street, damaging several nearby buildings and smashing into at least four cars. One vehicle was completely covered with debris – Albawaba.com