Emergency crews are responding to an explosion and fire at a refinery near Tara Road in Durban, the morning of Dec. 4. There are no initial reports of associated casualties. The cause of the blaze is unclear.
Heightened security and localized traffic disruptions are probable in the affected area in the coming hours as firefighting and recovery operations continue. Authorities could block access to or evacuate nearby businesses as a precaution. Business disruptions are possible.
Avoid the area until the situation stabilizes and authorities give the all-clear. Heed all official transport and security instructions, including any evacuation orders. Plan for localized traffic congestion in nearby areas; allow additional time to reach destinations. Consider remaining indoors if smoke is heavy, especially if you suffer from a respiratory illness, such as asthma, or conditions that lead to increased risk from smoke exposure. Eye irritation is possible; flush irritated eyes with copious amounts of clean water.
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