Brussels explosions: Hamilton woman relieved to hear from son following blasts gallery video

A series of coordinated explosions ripped through the Brussels airport and a city metro station, killing at least 34 people in the latest attacks to target Europe.

Hamilton woman Deb Burton was relieved to hear from son Andrew Burton following the explosions that struck Brussels airport and the Belgian capital's metro system.

Her son lives five minutes from Brussels Airport with his wife and three children.

He described seeing people in shock as he drove past a train station near the airport, Burton said.

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People wrapped in blankets leave Zaventem Airport.

Windows at Zaventem Airport were smashed in the blasts.

Black smoke is seen rising from the airport following the explosions.

People leave the scene of explosions at Zaventem Airport near Brussels.

People leave the scene of explosions at Zaventem Airport.

Highway access to Zaventem Airport is closed after the attacks.

Crew and passengers are evacuated from Zaventem Airport.

People are evacuated from Zaventem Airport after the blasts.

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"People were just wandering across the road on their cellphones, totally dazed."

Burton's daughter-in-law Karen said she had met a friend at the airport where the explosion took place just two weeks ago. But the focus right now was on getting their three kids home safe.

"The girls are still at school and they pray they stay safe, because schools can be a target," Burton said.

"People were just wandering across the road on their cellphones, totally dazed."
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"People were just wandering across the road on their cellphones, totally dazed."

The New Zealand Embassy in Brussels has been trying to discover the nationalities of the victims and casualties involved in the blasts that have rocked the Belgian capital.

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The victims' nationalities had not yet been confirmed.

The New Zealand ambassador to the European Union David Taylor, who is based in Brussels, has confirmed him and his team are safe and all are accounted for. 

Windows were shattered as two blasts struck the departure hall of Brussels Airport.
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Windows were shattered as two blasts struck the departure hall of Brussels Airport.

However he said the situation was "still unfolding".

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