Huge explosion rocks the capital of Venezuela and sparks fire seen across city

A massive fire is reportedly raging in the Venezuelan capital after a tanker crashed.

This morning around 5 a.m. local time, an oil tanker exploded in Caracas.

Statues made by witnesses on the ground show large fire walls that rise many meters above the wrecked vehicle.

Ariel images show the flames rising above the skyline of nearby high-rise buildings.

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It is currently unknown whether the explosion caused injury.

Locals on Twitter reported that the explosion occurred on the Francisco Fajardo highway connecting the east of the city to the west.

A witness to the fire wrote: “The flare is great, the sound is a bit spooky.”



The fire started above the highway


The tanker reportedly rolled over before going up in flames

Firefighters ran to the scene and blew fire with hoses.

People who lived in nearby apartment buildings had to evacuate their homes.

Venezuela is short on gasoline, despite being on one of the world’s largest oil reserves.

US sanctions, intended to take President-President Nicolás Maduro out of power, have halted oil imports to the country except Iran.

The oil refineries collapsed after years of maladministration.

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