An explosion ripped through a street in Johannesburg on Wednesday, July 19, killing one person and injuring dozens.
Security CCTV footage from a building nearby shows the moment an entire road explodes in the city’s Central Business District, cracking the tarmac and sending minibusses flying.
The cause of the explosion on Bree Street has not yet been confirmed and officials have warned the public to avoid the area due to safety concerns.
Some drivers were rescued after being left trapped in their cars.
The footage shows a large crack down the middle of the road as well as a gaping hole left by the explosion.
Robert Mulaudzi, a spokesperson for Johannesburg Emergency Services (EMS) said at least 11 people were injured in the explosion.
One of those was seriously injured, according to reports.
A disaster management squad is in the area and has cordoned off a 1 km area because of the risk of further explosions.
The buildings are also being assessed for structural damage as a result of the blast.
A gas leak is suspected to be the cause of the sudden incident, with some locals reporting smells in the area.