Explosion injures two at Makkah ring road project

Twenty vehicles also damaged in planned blast leaving work halted

The explosion scattered rocks up to half a kilometre away from the detonation site (Image:Okaz)
The explosion scattered rocks up to half a kilometre away from the detonation site (Image:Okaz)

An explosion at a section of Makkah’s third ring road project has injured two people and damaged 20 vehicles, Saudi Gazette reports.

The planned blast was part of ongoing construction work on the road in the Al-Umrah neighbourhood.

Rocks were scattered as far as a half a kilometre away from the detonation site beyond the estimated danger zone, according to a spokesman for Makkah Police, Lt. Col. Abdulmuhsen Al-Mayman.

An unnamed source has suggested that the incident occurred due to the explosives being improperly positioned by the demolition team.

Civil Defense, Red Crescent teams and police explosion experts attended the scene.

Al-Umrah Road was closed to traffic following the incident, resulting in tailbacks which extended for several kilometres.

Similar accidents have led to calls from the public that such explosions be carefully planned, especially near pedestrian paths.

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