Methane caused Welkom blast

2015-03-21 23:59
Smoke billows into the air after the explosion. (Welkom City via Facebook)

Smoke billows into the air after the explosion. (Welkom City via Facebook)

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Welkom - A methane explosion at a mine shaft near Welkom caused chaos in the Free State city on Saturday evening, Netwerk24 reports.

Police spokesperson Constable Ketabile Mofokeng said the explosion had happened next to an Eskom sub-station behind the traffic department and they’d initially thought that the sub-station had blown up.

However, police later told Netwerk24 that it was, in fact, a methane explosion.

It is not certain what exactly had caused the explosion. However, it is believed that iron and cement which had been used to cordon off the mine, had caused a spark.

OFM reported that the blast, which happened at about 17:30, had damaged cars and homes, and had been felt many kilometres away. 

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