An explosion has caused havoc on Bree Street in downtown Johannesburg. Image: Screengrab

On Wednesday afternoon, social media was flooded with videos and images of a damaged Bree Street in the Johannesburg CBD. The road had been severely damaged, with tar ripped up and several vehicles, including taxis which usually park along the busy public transport route, were damaged.

Official Notice

An official notice was sent to community police forum groups stating that an explosion had occurred, “possibly on the gas lines underground”. The public was requested to stay clear of the area to allow emergency services to attend to the scene. The communique promised to update as soon as more information is available.


At the time of writing, it was not immediately clear whether there were any injuries.

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Developing Story

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

By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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