These plastic bags are filled with natural gas
Amid the current economic crisis in Pakistan, several videos have surfaced on social media showing people taking desperate measures to acquire cooking gas. In Pakistan’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, residents were seen using huge plastic bags to store LPG as the country faces a dwindling stock of gas cylinders by food.
According to DW.com, these plastic bags are filled with natural gas in stores connected to the country’s gas pipeline network. To prevent leaks, sellers seal the opening of the bag tightly with a nozzle and a valve. The bags are then sold to individuals, who then use the gas using a small electric suction pump. It takes about an hour to fill three to four kg of gas into plastic bags.
A Twitter user shared the video and wrote, “In Pakistan the practice of using gas packed in plastic bags instead of bottles for cooking has increased. Gas is sold by filling bags inside stores connected to the gas pipeline network. People use it in the kitchen using a small electric suction pump”
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The video shows two children carrying two giant white plastic bags filled with LPG. “There are warnings about these plastic bags causing gas explosions, but, firstly, I have not heard of any such incident, and secondly, even if these fears are well-founded, we [poor people] have no other choice because of the expensive cylinders,” said one resident DW.com.
Since being shared, the video has left the internet worried as the practice can be extremely dangerous. Users have noted that even the slightest mistake can lead to leakage and explosion. One person said, “I can’t believe it. Is there no goods and services department in Pakistan?? There must be some basic safety standards to follow, right??”
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