Major explosion rocks Joburg CBD

By Everson Luhanga

Underground gas lines are reportedly the cause of a massive explosion on Bree Street in central Johannesburg.

Video footage captured on Wednesday shows the aftermath of the explosion. Large sections of the road appear to have collapsed and several cars, including taxis, have been overturned.

The site of the explosion is reported to be the corner of Eloff and Bree Street. Netcare is sending units to the location to assist.

JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla said EMS and JMPD officers are on the scene assessing the extent of the damage as well as any injuries.

Also heading to the scene is ehe Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Councillor Kabelo Gwamanda, who’s expected to arrive at 7:30 pm.

Road Angels Traffic Information has advised the public to stay clear of the area to allow emergency services to attend the scene.

It is currently unclear whether anyone has been injured in the explosion but the city’s emergency medical services have stated they are not aware of any deaths.

This is a developing story.


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