HOMES evacuated and road closed after an early morning ‘explosion’ in Llanrumney.

Police have asked local residents to stay clear of a Countisbury Avenue, Llanrumney while they deal with an ‘ongoing incident’.

Local residents reported hearing what they describe as a big explosion in Countisbury Avenue, Llanrumney around 4am.

South West Fire and Rescue have confirmed they were called to the scene of a vehicle fire this morning.

A spokesperson said: “We received reports of a vehicle fire on Countisbury Avenue, Llanrumeny, Cardiff.

“Crews attended the scene and assisted the police.”

It is believed that a car was on fire at the scene with debris all over the road.

The roller shutters on the Co-op appear to have been damaged during the incident.

Police have cordoned off homes nearby after debris has been found in gardens.

A South Wales Police spokesperson said: “Please could all persons avoid the area until further notice.”

Residents from above the Co-op were evacuated by police until 6.30am while they got the incident under control. 

Jazmin Reah who lives in a flat above, told local news: “At about 3.50 this morning we heard a big bang.

“I phoned my friend who lives in the flat directly above it. We actually heard people too but we don’t know.

“She told me to come down because we were all in a panic. Police then came about 4.10am and told us we all had to leave because they were worried that the gas cannisters could go off again.

“We got put in the riot vans and taken to Greggs.

“I’m still in shock to be honest with you. I haven’t registered what has happened. We’ve only been living here about six months and this is the first time this has happened.

“I was more worried than the children were. They’ve done really well in the situation.”

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