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Explosion rocks scrapyard in Pretoria West

It’s understood the bomb squad are at the scene and have cordoned off two blocks.

The scene on Rebecca Street in Pretoria West after an explosion at a scrapyard on 20 October 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - There's been an explosion at a scrapyard in Pretoria West.

Information on the exact cause of the explosion at the business in Rebecca Street is still sketchy at this stage.

It's understood bomb squad experts are at the scene and have cordoned off two blocks around the area.

A neighbour says he heard a loud noise and was devastated by what he found when he went to investigate.

"I heard this loud explosive noise. As far as I could find out, they tried to cut open a mortar. There are body parts on the pavement. It was terrible sight."

Emergency officials say they cannot yet say what caused the explosion, but have confirmed that one person has died.

Spokesman Johan Pieterse says they are awaiting further instruction from police who have taken charge of the scene.

"There was an explosion report. At this stage we not sure what caused it. We are on standby and awaiting instruction from police. We are not allowed in at this stage."

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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