The police explosives unit removed at least 15 mortars from a Pretoria West scrap dealership after one exploded in the dealer’s face, killing him instantly.
The 110mm World War 2 mortar exploded yesterday as the dealer cut it up for copper and brass.
Pieces of his flesh were sent flying into the road and onto a house across the street.
His assistant is recovering in hospital.
Police evacuated 12 houses close to the dealership on Rebecca Street as bomb experts feared further explosions. A black backpack containing five mortars was dropped by the sellers after the explosion, a few metres from a primary school.
“The bomb went off as [the sellers] walked away from the dealership … They dropped the bag and ran up the street,” tow-truck driver Benny van der Merwe said…