Joburg CBD Explosion: One dead, 48 injured after blast
Johannesburg Emergency Services said the first body was discovered in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The city was plunged into chaos after the blast on Wednesday a road split wide open, damaged cars and overturned minibus taxis. Photo: Nigel Sibanda
The city was plunged into chaos after the blast on Wednesday, when the road split wide open, damaging cars and overturning minibus taxis.
Death and injuries
Johannesburg Emergency Services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said the body of first casualty of the blast was discovered in the early hours of Thursday morning.
“In the early hours of this morning, we managed to recover a body of a male person on site where the explosion occurred yesterday.”
Lesufi said the body was discovered under a car in the wreckage.
“Unfortunately, during the process of handing over the vehicles that were affected to their owners we found the body of a male underneath the cars. The body has not been identified and we are trying to locate relatives and family members.”
He said the number of injured was 48, with 12 still in hospital. The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals.
Mulaudzi added the area affected by the blast has been cordoned off.
“At this stage, most parts of the roads in and around Bree Street are still closed. Motorists are urged to use alternative roads,” Mulaudzi said.
Meanwhile, as officials assessed the scene to determine the cause of the blast, Egoli Gas said it is unlikely the explosion in Bree Street, Joburg was caused by a gas pipeline or leak.
The gas supplier said its gas network has experienced no pressure loss which indicates the gas pipelines are intact.
“Our gas pipelines operate at extremely low pressure providing safe gas supply in highly built up areas and are therefore unlikely to cause an explosion or explode.
“Initial reports have shown the collapse in the road to be mainly in the center. Our gas pipelines are located in the road servitudes on the sides of roads,” Egoli Gas said.