Explosion alarm for residents

PUBLISHED: 15:12 12 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

The scene of the explosion

The scene of the explosion

RESIDENTS in part of St Albans were awakened by the sound of an explosion in the early hours of this morning (Monday). A loud bang was reported by people living in and around London Road at around 5am. Firefighters were called and found an old ambulance

RESIDENTS in part of St Albans were awakened by the sound of an explosion in the early hours of this morning (Monday).

A loud bang was reported by people living in and around London Road at around 5am. Firefighters were called and found an old ambulance in flames behind the Verulam Industrial Estate opposite Orient Close and extinguished the blaze with two pumps and hose reels.

An oxygen canister inside the ambulance is believed to have exploded, blowing the roof of the vehicle clean off.

Police confirmed that the ambulance had been out of use for some years and are still investigating whether or not the fire started accidentally.

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