Explosion rocks South African city, injuring at least 11 people

CAPE TOWN, Oct. 6 — An explosion rocked the city of East London
in southeastern South Africa, injuring at least 11 people, authorities
confirmed on Wednesday.

The explosion took place at one of the factories at the East London
Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) on Tuesday evening, Police
spokesperson, Warrant Officer Hazel Mqala said. Those injured had been
sent to hospital for treatment, Mqala said. The explosion was believed to
be caused by chemicals, according to a preliminary investigation. “At this
stage, it is suspected that the cause of the explosion is the chemicals
that they (the injured) are working with at the factory,” Mqala said. The
ELIDZ confirmed that there had been an incident within one of their
enterprises in the zone. Investigators are currently trying to ascertain
the cause and the extent of the damage, the ELIDZ said. – XINHUA