Separate explosions rock Cape Town

The explosions happened at Woolworths in Crawford and at a car dealership in Athlone.

Several shops were damaged after an explosion outside Woolworths at Kromboom Centre in Crawford on 5 September 2014. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police are investigating cases of malicious damage to property following two explosions in Athlone and Crawford.

In the first, several shops at a centre in Crawford were left damaged after a late night blast.

Broken glass from shattered windows littered the floor as investigators combed the scene for any possible clues.

The paving around some of the stores at the Kromboom Centre has also been damaged, but some shop owners say it will be business as usual for them.

Earlier, Woolworths South Africa confirmed that the explosion had caused damage to a window at its store at the centre.

The retailer said no injuries were reported and an investigation into the explosion with authorities was already underway.

A Crawford resident says he was stunned.

"It was an unimaginable sound. I basically crouched in the kitchen because I thought 'What the hell is this? Is it a gas explosion or something.'"

Damaged windows at the Woolworths store on Kromboom Road in Crawford after an explosion. Picture: @Nuhr_Rossier via Twitter

In the other incident, the City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Services says it responded to a car which was on fire following an apparent explosion outside a car dealership on Belgravia Road in Athlone.

The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear at this stage.

The services Theo Layne says, "When we arrived there we had one motor vehicle that was burning. The cause was determined to be some type of device because bystanders had indicated that there was an explosion prior to the burning."

Police are still not willing to comment on the explosions, which happened over 500m apart from each other, are linked or not.

Authorities on the scene after an explosion on Belgravia Road in Athlone on 5 September 2014. Picture: @Nuhr_Rossier via Twitter