A shopper’s account of events when explosion rocked CityOne Megamall

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Dec 4: Shopper John Ting suffered the shock of his life at 3.37pm today. As he was going up an escalator in CityOne Megamall, an explosion erupted on the ground floor that shook the complex.

“This is the first time (that such a serious explosion has occurred) in the history of Kuching. I heard a loud bang, which is similar to thunder but worse, that sent shockwaves through the entire building,” said Ting, who recounted his scary experience to members of the press outside the mall.

“The impact of the explosion caused a lot of people (visitors at the mall) to stumble and fall, including the Christmas trees (installed in the centre court on the ground floor of the mall).”

Ting also recounted that he saw several people lying outside the mall before firefighters and ambulances arrived.

“Their injuries looked very serious, with some (injured) from their faces down to their bodies and legs,” he said. — DayakDaily