Smoke filled the air to the north of Whitchurch this afternoon as flames leapt into the sky.

Fields alight and explosions
Reports were that a vehicle had caught fire on the A34 and that the fire spread to surrounding fields with the emergency services then battling to get it under control.

Residents to the north of the town also reported hearing a number of loud explosions.

Long delays
Traffic on the south carriageway from Tot Hill to the A303 at Bullington Cross was being diverted through Whitchurch to aid vehicle recovery and long delays on the A34 were reported.

The following dramatic pictures have been supplied by local resident Ben van Rensburg.


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