New Germany Explosion Durban

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Watch: Another explosion rocks Durban – multiple injuries reported

For the second time in a matter of days, a huge explosion in a major Durban suburb has left several people injured – here’s the latest from New Germany.

New Germany Explosion Durban

Photo: RSA_Trucker / Twitter

A chemical factory in New Germany, Durban has gone up in flames on Tuesday afternoon, after yet another explosion ripped through a city suburb. This development comes just days after an explosion was reported in Wentworth, leaving seven Durbanites in need of hospital treatment for smoke inhalation.

Durban rocked by a second explosion within days

The early details we have so far are sketchy, but we’ve had it confirmed that there have been ‘multiple injuries’ at the scene. In terms of traffic and activity surrounding the affected area, the following updates have been issued:

  • Otto Volek Road has been CLOSED.
  • Motorists, residents, and commuters have all been told to AVOID the New Germany area.
  • Firefighters, emergency medical teams, and police continue to monitor the ACTIVE blaze on Tuesday afternoon.

New Germany fire: ‘Blasts’ confirmed by emergency crews

One of the first official medical responders at the scene, Garrith Jameson, told local media sources that the explosion took place inside the factory. More than one blast has been reported by witnesses, but this has not yet been verified.

Watch: Another explosion causes ‘multiple injuries’ in Durban

Amongst other products, the factory in question is understood to be a major producer of sanitisation items. Following the explosion, thick plumes of smoke have engulfed the sky in New Germany, with Pinetown residents also affected by the billowing flames. With the fire still raging, it’s imperative that members of the public avoid the area at all costs.