Johannesburg, South Africa: CCTV in Johannesburg, South Africa, captured the horrifying moment a busy road exploded, seemingly out of nowhere. The blast, which killed at least one person and left dozens more injured, sent vehicles flying into the air, with one man leaping out of the path of a minibus as it came crashing down.
Officials have yet to pinpoint the cause of the explosion, and some local residents had reported smelling gas. Egoli Gas, the company responsible for the pipes below the road, ruled out any possibility of a gas leak who confirmed that all their pipelines were intact.
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The area surrounding the blast site has now been closed off as officials work to determine the cause, and the road itself is destroyed with a huge hole and piles of rubble in its place.
The South African authorities are worried as it was expected that there could be a second explosion in Johannesburg’s business district after one person died and 48 were injured in a large blast on Wednesday, leaving the street totally collapsed.
The rescue personnel announced that the body of a dead individual was found at the Scene of the Johannesburg Explosion. The man who died in the Johannesburg explosion on Wednesday this week is a 34-year-old Malawian national, South Africa’s SABC has reported.
The damage caused by the explosion is expected to rise more, costing millions to repair. Road circuits will be highly impacted due to the damage and will remain closed, affecting transportation, supply lines and other daily routines.
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