New Zealand emergency services evacuated residents close to what they mentioned was a suspected gas explosion within the South Island city of Christchurch on Friday that left home on fire and a number of other folks injured.
The town stays on edge four months after a lone gunman killed 51 folks and wounded dozens in attacks on two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand’s worst peacetime mass shooting.
There was no indication that Friday’s blast had any broader security implications.
“Fire and Emergency New Zealand was called to a home on fire … at about 10.15 a.m. after reports of a big gas explosion,” a spokeswoman for New Zealand’s fire service mentioned.
A specialist command unit and a fire investigator have been at the scene, she stated.
Police stated in an announcement initial studies advised a lot of individuals had been injured within the incident in the residential suburb of Northwood. Media reports stated six folks had been taken to hospital.
The home was on fire and police had closed roads and had been carrying out evacuations following what they described as a “serious incident.”
A Christchurch hotel employee, who was not recognized, informed the New Zealand Herald newspaper that a sound like an explosion had shaken nearby buildings.
“It was greater than an earthquake, you’d think a bomb had gone off,” the newspaper quoted the employee as saying.