Dorset

Bournemouth van explosion residents return home

People in Bournemouth have returned to their homes which were evacuated after a van containing gas cylinders exploded on Monday.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said the explosion "ripped the van apart" on Holdenhurst Road, on the junction with Ashley Road, just before 18:00 GMT.

Police said no-one was injured and the incident was not suspicious.

The explosion caused major traffic delays and a 100-metre exclusion zone was in place.

A Dorset Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said five properties were evacuated and people in 20 other houses were told to stay away from the front of their homes.

She added the van contained an acetylene cylinder and two LPG cylinders which fire crews had to cool down.

The explosion is believed to have been caused by an oxygen cylinder in the van.

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