Saleem Khan, in the blue, returns to his home after taking his son, his son's wife and his mother to hospital. A bunch of flowers exploded in the home critically injuring his family. Picture: Tanya Waterworth
Saleem Khan, in the blue, returns to his home after taking his son, his son's wife and his mother to hospital. A bunch of flowers exploded in the home critically injuring his family. Picture: Tanya Waterworth
The bomb squad arrive at a private residence on the Berea, after an explosion this afternoon. Picture: Tanya Waterworth
The bomb squad arrive at a private residence on the Berea, after an explosion this afternoon. Picture: Tanya Waterworth
Police cordon off a home in Stephen Dlamini (Essenwood) Road, after an explosion this afternoon. Picture: Tanya Waterworth
Police cordon off a home in Stephen Dlamini (Essenwood) Road, after an explosion this afternoon. Picture: Tanya Waterworth
Police outside a residence in Essenwood Road after the explosion. Picture: Tanya Waterworth
Police outside a residence in Essenwood Road after the explosion. Picture: Tanya Waterworth

Durban – Five people were injured, three family members are critical, when a package of flowers exploded shortly after it was delivered at a private residence in Stephen Dlamini (Essenwood) Road, on Durban's Berea this afternoon.

According to Capt Poobalan Naidoo of Berea SAPS, the package was received at the premises this afternoon and was opened by one person in the lounge. "The package exploded injuring five people. Police are on the scene," he said.

The tenant at the palatial home, Salim Khan rushed his son, Zakaria, his mother,Saloom, and his son's wife, Maseeha, to hospital himself.

A staff member at the residence said flowers were delivered to the house in a box and the box exploded when it was opened in the house.

Garrith Jamieson, spokesman for Rescue Care paramedics said a package was delivered to a house and as the package was opened, it exploded. He said the bomb squad was on scene and those who were in the house had been rushed to hospital.

The bomb squad destroyed a second device in a controlled detonation later this afternoon.

The road was closed to traffic as police cordoned off the area.