Factory worker hospitalised after gas explosion in Chloorkop

Gauteng has been hit by another explosion which rocked Chloorkop in Kempton Park on Friday morning.

William Tladi, spokesperson for Ekurhuleni emergency medical services, said a 48kg gas cylinder containing ammonia exploded at a fridge-manufacturing warehouse.

One person believed to be a factory worker sustained minor injuries and has been transported to hospital.

“We can confirm that one male has been transported to the hospital to receive medical attention. We still do not know what caused the gas to explode,” said Tladi.

Tladi said the explosion is being investigated.

Gauteng has been witnessing gas explosions lately. In December 2022, a fuel tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas exploded underneath a railway bridge in Boksburg.

By January 2023, the gas tanker explosion death toll had risen to 41.

Early in July, 17 people were killed at Angelo informal settlement near Boksburg after they inhaled nitrate from a gas canister allegedly stolen by illegal miners operating in the area.

Among the deceased were a six-month-old and a two-year-old baby. Most of the people killed are believed to be foreigners from Mozambique. 

On Wednesday, a suspected underground gas explosion in Johannesburg killed one person and injured over 40 others. Several cars including minibus taxis were damaged.

This was followed by another explosion at a private house in Braam Fischer, which left one person dead and scores others wounded.


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