The Boland town of Worcester has been rocked early this morning following an explosion of a fuel tanker near the town's industrial area. Watch Video and Photo Gallery Below
Western Cape Traffic Chief, Kenny Africa, says details are still sketchy but
the blast apparently followed a collision with a light motor vehicle in High Street.
Provincial traffic authorities have released pictures that show long red and yellow flames in the air from the wreckage, as well as a big black plume of smoke above the scene.
Africa says it's not clear what has happened to the drivers of the two vehicles.
It is also not clear at this stage how far the flames are from buildings in the industrial area.
No injuries or fatalities
have been reported at this stage: "Early this morning there was a petrol tanker that exploded in High Street in Worcester near the industrial area, High Street has been blocked off and the fire brigade and all medical and rescue personnel are on scene, and the nearby roads to the scene has been closed off."
Because the boiling point of a liquid rises with pressure, the contents of the pressurized vessel can remain liquid so long as the vessel is intact. If the vessel's integrity is compromised, the loss of pressure and dropping boiling point can cause the liquid to rapidly convert to gas and expand extremely rapidly.