A gas tanker exploded in Worcester in the Western Cape in the early hours of Wednesday morning. According to police, an investigation has been opened but the details of the explosion are still unclear.
The truck exploded just after 6am near the Agri petrol station. Worcester police spokesperson Captain Lindikhaya Mkhontwana confirmed the incident to News24.
"We are not certain of the damage or whether anyone was injured. Police and emergency services are on the scene to investigate."
A few surrounding buildings caught fire. Roads in the area have been closed. The police can't get too close to the scene at the moment because of the blaze.
The number of casualties has not yet been determined. Mkhontwana said a statement would be released as soon as more information was available. This is a developing story.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that an explosion at the Rheinmetall Denel munitions factory outside Somerset West claimed the lives of 8 workers late last year.
The explosion was big enough to destroy the entire building and surrounding walls. Lawrencia Samuels lost her husband, Nico, to the explosion. She remembers that he loved his job as supervisor at Denel.
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