Joburg CBD gas explosion At least 20 minibus taxis

At least 20 minibus taxis were damaged in the alleged gas explosion in Joburg CBD. Image: ER24

Following an alleged gas-line explosion, authorities have called on Johannesburg residents and motorists to avoid areas around Eloff and Bree Streets in the CBD.

In pictures and videos circulating on social media on Wednesday evening, the entire Bree Street can be seen damaged from the alleged explosion.

At least 20 minibus taxis were damaged in the explosion.

According to private security company Vision Tactical, 16 people have been transported to medical facilities for treatment following the explosion.

No deaths have been reported yet.

According to Joburg Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda, Bree and Simmons, Bree and Harrison, and Loveday Streets have been closed.

A 1-km evacuation zone has been initiated as emergency services evacuate people due to gas risk.

Residents have been urged to avoid the area to allow emergency services to attend to the scene.

ER24 and other services are on the scene of the alleged gas explosion at the corners of Bree and Eloff in Johannesburg CBD.

“We urge all motorists to avoid the area. Further updates to follow,” said ER24.