Leeds car blast hits homes

Car damaged by the explosion.
Car damaged by the explosion.
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A CAR has been blown apart in a mystery explosion in a Leeds street.

The bomb-like blast destroyed the silver VW Golf in Spinners Chase, off Robin Lane, Pudsey. It also cut out electricity supplies in homes in the cul de sac.

Now police are probing the incident which rattled windows and doors in homes three streets away.

One witness said: “I thought a bomb had gone off. I ran out of my house and there was debris all over the road.

“The car’s doors were all mangled and the roof had peeled back over its boot like a sardine can. It was blown apart.

“If anyone had been walking by they would’ve been killed. It’s a miracle no-one was injured.”

There were no flames coming from the car and little or no charring to the interior or the spot where it was parked.

A paramedic was first at the scene of the blast, at 7.15pm on Sunday, followed by a fire crew. Police officers cordoned off the scene.

Officers spoke to a visibly shaken middle-aged man, thought to live in the street, who said his son drove the car.

There were unconfirmed reports of a 4x4 being driven without its lights on into the cul de sac minutes before the blast.

Three young men wearing hoodies were also said to have been seen running away just before the explosion.

Bemused residents from the surrounding streets were standing in Robin Lane, having been drawn to the scene by the noise.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said: “We live on the other side of Robin Lane, right at the bottom of the street.

“I was cooking and then heard this huge noise and all the windows vibrated.

“My husband said it sounded like a gas explosion.

“We couldn’t believe what we saw when we walked up the hill and across the road.

“The car looked like it had been blown up by a bomb.”

A police spokesman said that at 7.17pm on Sunday officers received a reported of a large explosion damaging a silver VW Golf car parked on Spinners Chase. The car was extensively damaged in the incident which is being investigated by detectives and forensic scientists. The car was taken away for detailed scientific examination. Anyone who witnessed the incident, saw any suspicious behaviour of has any useful information is urged to ring North West Leeds CID via 0845 6060606.

Last November the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that a black Nissan Qashqai had been badly damaged by an explosion - at that time suspected to have possibly been caused by a large fireworkor fireworks - while it was parked on the drive way of a house in Hedley Chase, Armley,Leeds.

Though it is not clear what caused Sunday night’s explosion, it is believed that once again a firework or fireworks are among the possibilities being considered by police.