Petrol thieves were allegedly responsible for the blast on a petroleum pipeline in Alberton on Tuesday morning.
The explosion caused people to evacuate their homes within a 1.5 km radius.
CPS Security spokeswoman Angie van der Merwe said police initially informed the security company that people within a 500m radius of the gas pipeline had to vacate their homes and buildings. However, they were subsequently notified that a larger area had to be evacuated.
Eric Maloka, the spokesman for Ekurhuleni’s Emergency Services and Disaster Management, confirmed that no one was injured or dead in the blast and subsequent fire in Phillips Street in the Verwoerd Park neighborhood.
“Emergency services have put the fire under control,” he says.
Resident Michelle Johnson said she woke up at about 6:30 a.m. from the big blow of the blast. “When I got outside, there was only flames and smoke.”
She called the fire department and emergency services.
“The police evacuated the area. No one is currently allowed into their homes.”
High pressure gas line on fire near Alberton ??? UPDATE. It’s a HIGH PRESSURE GAS LINE. EVACUATE AREA IMMEDIATELY. Sasol and Transnet en route pic.twitter.com/9pFUpONVwm— BlueHawkTactical (@Bluehawktactic1) 31 December 2019
The Alberton fire earlier… pic.twitter.com/yWgGDjYDG6— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) 31 December 2019