Dumped St Neots gas cylinders 'could have caused explosion'

LEAKING gas cylinders, which were dumped in a St Neots street, could have caused an explosion, firefighters have warned. The two 47kg propane cylinders and one butane cylinder found in Cemetery Road last Tuesday at 7.30pm. Callum Faint, station manager a

LEAKING gas cylinders, which were dumped in a St Neots street, could have caused an explosion, firefighters have warned.

The two 47kg propane cylinders and one butane cylinder found in Cemetery Road last Tuesday at 7.30pm.

Callum Faint, station manager at St Neots, said: "If a cylinder is involved in fire, it basically acts like a small bomb.

"Debris, including shards of metal from the cylinder can be thrown up to 100m.

"We would strongly urge members of the public to realise the dangers of dumping cylinders and to dispose of them in a responsible manner at all times."

The cylinders were made safe by firefighters and were taken away by Huntingdonshire District Council.

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Flytippers are believed to be responsible for dumping the cylinders.