Durban refinery: Massive explosion reportedly heard from miles away

Durban refinery: Massive explosion reportedly heard from miles away

- A massive explosion at an oil refinery in Merebank, south of Durban has left many in shock

- The explosion was reportedly heard from miles away from the actual site of the incident

- Witness reports state that the explosion occurred just after 7am on Friday, 4 December

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Pictures and videos of a massive explosion at an oil refinery in Durban are currently all over the internet. The explosion was reportedly heard miles away from the site in Merebank, south of Durban. Information regarding the cause of the explosion has not yet been made available.

The explosion reportedly occurred just after 7am. Witness reports of the incident involve many claiming that their houses were shaking as if it were an earthquake.

Other witness reports show that a block of flats near the explosion had also caught alight, saying this is due to debris that had made it's way over. Emergency services are currently on scene at the explosion site in Tara Road.

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Durban refinery: Massive explosion heard from miles away
An oil refinery in Durban has exploded early on Friday morning. Source: Queensburgh Crime Watch
Source: Facebook

Below are just a few of the videos and pictures of the incident:

This post by a Crime Watch group in Durban has responses that the explosion was heard miles from the site.

Cherine Kemm wrote:

"Could see this bad smoke from the Westville area and the flames."

Salona Naidoo said:

"I heard this bang in the morning in town, I thought it was thunder."

Taryn Moolman commented:

"I also felt it... In Pinetown. I was wondering what happened. This is devastating."

Charmaine Reverent Hill added:

"OMG I'm in Escombe and I felt the rumble. It felt so close."

Below is an image of the flat near the explosion which caught on fire:

This is a developing story.

In other news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on President Cyril Ramaphosa's address. The resurgence plan has been put into place, with public health interventions being expanded in Covid-19 hotspots.

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Ramaphosa pleaded with citizens to change their behaviour to limit the spread of the virus and curb the number of infections in hotspots.

While the pandemic was likened to a wildfire, Ramaphosa noted the immense economic impact of the lockdown. The current State of National Disaster has also been extended into next year, with the rest of South Africa continuing to operate under Level 1 restrictions.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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