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8 Dec 2020
2:13 pm

WATCH: Second chemical explosion in Durban leaves several injured

Citizen reporter

This was the second chemical explosion to happen in the city in less than a week.

An explosion has left several people injured and critical emergency care personnel were dispatched to the scene on Tuesday afternoon in New Germany, Durban. Photo: Garrith Jameson

At least 14 people were injured in an explosion that took place in the industrial town of New Germany, Durban on Tuesday morning.

According to advanced life paramedic, Garrith Jamieson, several explosions were heard by witnesses near the scene around the time the fire broke out.

“There were also some vehicle damages as well. Emergency personnel including the fire ambulance service are at the scene and at this stage, 14 people were injured and taken to various hospitals.,” he said.

According to Jamieson, the injuries sustained ranged from minor to moderate.

“The fire is still ablaze now, and the wind really isn’t helping but it is now under control,” he added.

According to Jamieson, several police units were on the scene including the South African Police Service (SAPS) bomb squad.

Photos: Garrith Jameson

This was the second explosion to happen in the city in less than a week. Last Friday, an explosion took place at Engen’s oil refinery, South Africa’s second-largest, in Merewent, Durban. Seven people were treated for smoke inhalation after the accident.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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