Van explodes in Leeds city centre

The van driver was taken to hospital for treatment

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.

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