COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Two people were killed after an oxygen tank used for their balloon business exploded in Purok Pagkakaisa, Barangay Poblacion 2, Cotabato City on Wednesday.
The victims were identified as 27-year-old Jay Tribunalo and 14-year-old Dodong Jimlan, both residents of Davao City.
Based on the initial investigation of the Cotabato City Police, the oxygen tank exploded while the victims were using it.
"Nag-leak ‘yung tangke ng oxygen at maaaring may nagsindi ng apoy malapit dito kaya sumabog," said Sr. Insp. Alex Lanestosa.
Two houses were heavily damaged due to the strong explosion. A coconut tree was also toppled because of the blast.
Authorities said the blast left nearly P30,000 in damages.
Investigations are still ongoing.