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Timebombs driving round Ipswich claim

PUBLISHED: 04:57 17 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

VANS capable of "exploding like a bomb" on impact are driving around Ipswich on a daily basis, it was claimed today.

A hearing has alleged that the danger has been posed by vehicles carrying large quantities of inflammable liquids.

VANS capable of "exploding like a bomb" on impact are driving around Ipswich on a daily basis, it was claimed today.

A hearing has alleged that the danger has been posed by vehicles carrying large quantities of inflammable liquids.

Suffolk fire chiefs have warned that vans of flammable liquid that are not stored properly can cause huge fires if ignited.

Fears were initially sparked by drivers from the Norfolk branch of Movac, who also have base in Portman Road, Ipswich.

They claimed the vans are a disaster waiting to happen after hearing at a Norfolk inquest how two people died when a van they were travelling in exploded when in collision with another car. They had been carrying paint thinner but it was not a Movac vehicle.

Suffolk Fire Brigade's Divisional Officer Eddie Meelan said that it was essential that vans carrying hazardous liquids should make sure they are stored properly.

He said that not only is there a danger of an explosion if so many litres are being carried.

DO Meelan said: "If there is a lot of fuel which is running out you can have a running fuel fire which is going away from the van and on fire. It is more usual for the fumes from chemicals or petrol to ignite."

He agreed with Norfolk fire chiefs who had expressed grave concerns and claimed that the containers can explode with a huge force when in a confined space.

David Perry, of the Health and Safety Executive, said that the problem arises because when flammable liquids are in a contained space such as a van it can cause an explosion.

But one driver from the Norwich Movac Group, which supplies and collects paint thinner from garages across the city feared his van "would go up like a bomb" if he was involved in a crash.

Mark Smith, managing director of Movac, issued a statement which said: "Movac as a company have strict guidelines for the collection of waste products which are strictly adhered to by all our staff.

"We've had a licence for about 12 years for collecting waste and have never had an incident like this in East Anglia."

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