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Cause of deadly South African explosion remains unknown

Authorities warn locals to avoid central Johannesburg after a powerful blast.

An explosion ripped through one of the busiest streets of Johannesburg late on Wednesday, killing at least one person, injuring 48 others, and damaging a major road, according to South African officials.

Robert Mulaudzi, a spokesperson for the Johannesburg Emergency Management Services, said the body of a man was recovered from the debris by firefighters in the early hours of Thursday.

Writing on Twitter, he said “41 other patients treated for serious to minor injuries on scene” have been transported to medical facilities.

Witnesses told local media that they heard a loud explosion in the Central Business District, which tore the road open, followed by alarms from overturned taxis.

Authorities initially suspected underground gas pipes as the cause of the blast, which rendered Lilian Ngoyi Street and several others inaccessible to vehicles. However, Egoli Gas – which manages the city’s pipeline network – said a leak was “unlikely.”

“Our network has experienced no pressure loss, which indicates the gas pipelines are intact. Our customers in the area continue to receive gas uninterrupted,” the company said in a statement.

Panyaza Lesufi, Premier of the Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg and Pretoria, said police have been deployed to cordon off the scene, ensure safety, and divert traffic.

The affected street and connecting roads will remain closed “while specialists assess the extent of the damage and for the rehabilitation of the roadway,” according to a statement issued by Lesufi on Thursday.

An investigation into the blast is ongoing.

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Source:RT News

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  1. Directed Energy Weapons?…similar to the Christchurch Earthquakes that occurred when NZ said ‘no’ to ‘influential and rich’ Americans being granted access to NZ in the event of war in the Northern Hemisphere.
    BTW, Hellary Clinton was in Chch quietly visiting only hours before!
    More than likely, it was the eruption of a deep naturally-occurring pressure fissure or an old gas-filled gold mine shaft under the street??
    No gas smell, no drop in pressure, mysterious booms heard on the same longitudinal line in NZ’s South island last week that also runs thru Jo-Berg…!

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