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Marton Road in Middlesbrough shut over gas explosion fears

Marton Road, Middlesbrough
Image caption Police and firefighters were called shortly after 10:30 GMT

A busy town centre road in Middlesbrough was closed over fears of a gas explosion.

Police and firefighters were called to Marton Road just after 10:30 GMT to reports of a gas canister leaking inside a van.

Cleveland Police said despite the leak being small, a 6ft (1.82m) cordon would not contain an explosion.

There was no risk to the public and the road has now reopened after several hours, police said.

A spokesman said: "We had to close the whole road because if someone threw a cigarette it would be a big bang."

Image caption There were fears the leaking canister could cause an explosion
Image caption Marton Road is a busy town centre road

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