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Bianca Pindral
1 minute read
14 May 2018
1:09 pm

WATCH: Alleged illegal truck stop’s fuel tank explodes

Bianca Pindral

Witnesses report that smoke clouds could be seen for kilometres.

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A fuel tank at a truck stop in Tarlton, Krugersdorp, exploded yesterday afternoon, May 13, Krugersdorp News reports.

Freedom Front Plus councillor Amanda de Lange, who stays in Tarlton, said smoke clouds could be seen from kilometres away. Residents from the area confirmed the explosion, and also said they felt it as it happened.

READ MORE: Explosion shuts down OR Tambo

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Mogale City’s 107 Emergency Services dispatched the West Rand Disaster Management team to the scene to extinguish the fire.

“I did some questioning and neither fire extinguishers nor cellphones were on the premises to be used in case of an emergency. It was clear that there were no emergency procedures in place, and the premises were full of fuel tanks and hazardous chemicals,” De Lange said.

 

Posted by Neal Davis on Sunday, 13 May 2018

“During my visit I noticed an area where the trucks are being washed. There were trenches full of contaminated water. When I asked what happens to this water, it was confirmed to me that the water is pumped into bins and then dumped in a veld. This is serious environmental pollution that needs to be dealt with in the correct manner.”

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Authorities were on the scene yesterday, and the matter is being investigated.

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