Explosion scares bystanders
An explosion that rocked the forecourt of the Engen Hochland Service Station in Windhoek sparked an official investigation into the cause of the incident.
Closed Circuit Television footage shows the explosion and several people running for their lives.
Although the exact cause of the explosion, that flung interlock paving bricks and a manhole cover several meters into the air, is still under investigation by the Engen Namibia head office, it is suspected that the incident occurred after vapour from the subterranean fuel tanks could not escape through a safety valve and caused excess pressure to build up in the space under the manhole.
The incident was confirmed by the retail manager of Engen Namibia, Mr. Armand Platt. He stressed that the cause of the explosion must still be investigated and said that any speculation about the cause of the explosion would be dangerous.
No person was injured or property other than the equipment of the service station was damaged during the explosion that had people nearby running for cover.
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