Police scrambled to shops as explosion sees ‘someone try to blow up cashpoint’

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Police in Cardiff have closed a number of roads in the Welsh capital after reports of a huge blast ringing across the city early this morning.

The explosion, which is believed to have happened around 4am, was heard across the city, WalesOnline reports.

People in Rhiwbina, Pentwyn and Penylan all reported hearing it, and one witness, who lives close to the scene, described a "big explosion".

She said it looked like someone had tried to blow up the cash machine outside a Co-op supermarket on Countisbury Avenue.

The witness claimed that a car was on fire and there were police and fire crews at the scene.

South Wales Police have urged people to avoid Countisbury Avenue in Llanrumney because of what they have described as an "ongoing incident".

The statement said: "Please could all persons avoid the area until further notice".

Windows above the Co-op were shattered in the blast that could be heard from miles around.

One resident four miles away in Pontprennau said: "I heard the car explosion this morning! My house actually shook from the severe force of it. I thought a bomb had detonated nearby!"

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Police investigations are believed to be centred around the Co-op store on Countisbury Road.

Debris is strewn across the road from what has been described locally as a "huge explosion".

There is also damaged to one of the shutters on the shop front.

John, who works at a a shop nearby, said: "I woke up this morning and saw it all over Facebook and wondered what had happened.

"This is the third time something like this has happened at this Co-op.

"The other two were ram raids about two years ago. Whatever they did looks quite advanced. It’s been blown all over the road."

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