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Plane of slag pot – what was that bang?

An explosion that was felt from more than 30km outside of Middelburg has caused speculations to rise.

Www.mobserver.co.za is currently investigating the cause of the bang after receiving information that it was either a sonic boom or a slag pot exploding.

Civilians outside in Meyer Street said the blast came from the vicinity of Columbus Stainless.

Mr Johan du Toit, senior manager at Columbus Stainless, has confirmed that the explosion did not come from them or Samancor.

The Middelburg Aeroclub is currently hosting a private Airweek, and it is suspected that the blast was a sonic boom caused by a plane moving through the sound barrier. (The Airweek is not open to the public.)

•This is a developing story and updates will follow.

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