Van explodes in Leeds city centre
- 13 June 2014
- From the section Leeds & West Yorkshire
A van has exploded in the centre of Leeds, injuring its driver and causing traffic disruption.
Police cordoned off Crown Point Road at the junction with Marsh Lane just after 13:00 BST as firefighters damped down the smoking vehicle.
The driver was taken to hospital after the explosion, thought to have been caused by an acetylene gas cylinder.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said the area had been sealed off as a safety precaution.
Colin Fitton, managing director of the Moorhead Group which owns the van, said he was relieved the driver had not been badly injured.
He said: "We're very relieved that the driver has escaped.
"He has superficial burns to his hands and the back of his head."
Mr Fitton said the un-named driver was the only person in the van.
He also confirmed the van was carrying gas-filled cylinders and an investigation into the cause of the fire and explosion was being carried out.