What is believed to be an incendiary device planted at Woolworths in Gateway. It’s discovery prompted the evacuation of the store for the second time this week. Picture: SUPPLIED
What is believed to be an incendiary device planted at Woolworths in Gateway. It’s discovery prompted the evacuation of the store for the second time this week. Picture: SUPPLIED

An “incendiary device” found hidden in the Woolworths store in the Gateway mall - the second in as many days - forced a complete evacuation of the shop on Saturday.

The discovery of what appears to be an explosive device - a cell phone attached to a short length of white PVC pipe - was found hidden in store furniture.

This follows the implementation of “additional precautionary measures” after the same store and another in Durban were firebombed on Thursday.

Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said that the Explosives Unit had been deployed to the scene and had safely removed the device.

A case of contravening the explosives act was registered, Zwane said.

TimesLIVE previously reported that one “incendiary device” was planted in Woolworths in Gateway‚ which caused a fire and prompted an evacuation of the shop.

Another device had been planted in Woolworths in Pavilion‚ which had been detonated overnight.

The device at the Gateway store‚ understood to have been fashioned from a cell phone and propellant‚ had been planted in a jacket pocket in a clothing rack.

The device was then triggered‚ causing a fire which was extinguished by internal sprinkler systems.

Woolworths spokeswoman Kirsten Hewett confirmed that a device had been found and authorities  were called to investigate and assist with the matter.

“We can assure the public that we take these incidents in KZN incredibly seriously and we are doing all that we can to ensure the safety of our people and our customers.

Due to the sensitivity of the investigation we are unable to divulge the additional protection and detection measures we have put in place in our stores,” Hewett added. 

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