A FIRE has broken out at a scrap yard at the Hythe.

Black smoke billowed from a large pile of scrap cars on fire at the Autobreak yard off Haven Road, Colchester.

Six crews of firefighters tackled the flames after being called at around 9.45am.

Fire engines from Dovercourt, Weeley, Great Dunmow and Halstead are still at the scene and have the fire under control. 

Police have closed the road in both directions at Colne Causeway and at Whitehall Road, and have warned people living nearby to keep their windows closed.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area.

The Environment Agency is also on the scene.

A spokesman said: “We have just arrived on the scene of a large fire at Autobreak’s scrap yard, Haven Road, Colchester.

"This is a site we regulate.

"We will be monitoring the situation for any potential pollution caused by the run-off from the foam and taking on an advisory role.”

People have taken to Twitter to report hearing explosions from the site.

More to follow.