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Watch: Massive gas explosion causes huge craters on Johannesburg CBD roads

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A massive gas explosion has rocked the Johannesburg CBD, causing extensive damage to nearby roads and leading to the formation of huge craters on several roads. Videos circulating on social media show overturned cars along Bree Street in Johannesburg.

According to an alert issued by the Johannesburg Joint Operating Committee of Alexandra, Midrand, Sandringham, and Sandton, the explosion occurred around 5:46 pm. The cause appears to be related to the underground gas lines, but further investigations are required to confirm the exact details.

Authorities have urged the public to steer clear of the affected area to allow emergency services to respond to the incident. The Johannesburg Metro Police have dispatched officers to the scene to verify the authenticity of the videos and gather more information.

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Multiple reports indicate that streets such as Bree and Loveday Streets were impacted by the explosion, with some vehicles reportedly sinking into the ground. A witness who was present at the scene, described witnessing a massive trench about 10 meters wide and noted a strong smell of gas in the air.

Watch: Massive gas explosion causes huge craters on Johannesburg  CBD roads

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The explosion severely affected numerous taxis in the vicinity, but the extent of injuries to individuals remains unclear at this point. Bree Street is one of Johannesburg’s busiest roads during peak hours in the CBD.

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Watch: Massive gas explosion causes huge craters on Johannesburg  CBD roads

Authorities and emergency responders are currently working on assessing the situation and providing aid to those affected by this tragic incident.

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