Bhubaneshwar: A massive explosion caused in a petroleum station in the area of Raj Bhawan sent the city of Bhubaneshwar into shock. According to the reports, nine people have been injured due to the explosion and two of the critically injured individuals in those nine people have been moved to SCB Hospital. According to the witnesses, the blast occurred on Wednesday afternoon at a petroleum pump which was not far from Raj Bhawan. It is believed that an underground Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) storage tanker had exploded causing the massive explosion. Firefighters were able to stop the fire after an hour of efforts. According to the witnesses, the blast site has been strewn with human flesh and severed limbs. They also fear that there are chances of people being buried under the debris.

As a precautionary measure, the police had cordoned off the area, and the nearby shops were evacuated. The officials have also advised the neighbourhood residents to not light the stoves as a precaution until they were told to do so by the officials. The Indian Oil Corporation sent its representatives to the blast site and the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has ordered a probe into the incident. The authorities are closely monitoring the site and have already deployed personnel to empty out the reserves in the petrol station.