Hundreds of Residents of the Liberian capital, Monrovia, are scrambling to scoop fuel oil which is spilling in the Du River connecting the western suburb of Bushrod Island to Central Monrovia.
There has been no official statement from government as to what caused the spill, but sources are blaming the incident to a leaking fuel tank situated on the tank field of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), which is located on the bank of the Du River.
Police were called in to stop people from poor neighborhoods close to the accident scene, who are scooping the spilled product. Hundreds of residents can be seen taking the fuel from on top of the water.
A police source told Concord Times that it has been a bit difficult to halt scoopers. He indicated that while they succeeded in stopping them from the Bushrod Island end, some unscrupulous individuals are crossing into the area from the slum of West Point, either by swimming or using canoes.
Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have also not spoken on the incident, but a senior source who preferred not to be named said, oil spills in Liberia into water ways or the environment is a crime.
He pointed out that EPA will conduct a comprehensive investigation before speaking on the situation.
People are seen carrying jelly cans running in the streets of Vai Town.
Emergency service officers were seen in the area. Fire service personnel also moved in to prevent any possible fire outbreak.
Up to the time of this breaking news, there has been no report of deaths or injuries. More in our subsequent report.