Stolen car fire sends shrapnel flying

If you heard several loud bangs in the night, around 4am Tuesday morning, chances are you heard the tail shaft of a stolen vehicle exploding, along with its tyres bursting.

Broken Hill Station Commander Don Peters was on duty last night when Fire and Rescue (F&R) received a call from police on scene about a car on fire on a dirt track 200 metres off Slag St towards the industrial area.

The tail shaft of the vehicle exploded just before the first crew of four firefighters arrived, sending shrapnel flying up to 10 metres away. Thankfully, no one was injured. The hazmat tanker was also deployed with three on-call firefighters requested for backup.

The fire was extinguished, and investigations continue, as the vehicle is believed to have been stolen.

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