CBS News September 3, 2018, 1:28 PM 8 killed in explosion at munitions depot in South Africa

Smoke is seen during an explosion at the South African munitions depot in Somerset West, near Cape Town, South Africa September 3, 2018.

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SOMERSET WEST, South Africa — South African authorities say at least eight people have been killed in an explosion at a munitions plant near Cape Town. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blast at the Rheinmetall Denel Munition depot, which shook homes and rattled windows in the area on Monday.

Cape Town fire official Theo Layne says eight people died, the African News Agency reports. The South African-based agency says several people are missing and that firefighters went to the scene to extinguish the flames.

Denel, South Africa's state-owned arms manufacturer, has a large stake in Rheinmetall Denel Munition.

The depot said an explosion occurred at one of its buildings and that it was investigating, Reuters reports.