Loud explosions on a Peterborough road had residents jumping out of their skin and believing that a bomb might have gone off.
The booming noise came from a car fire in Glebe Road which had residents flocking to the streets to see what had caused the commotion.
The fire was spotted at around 2pm on Monday, April 27.
Neighbour Ruth Avory (79) was reading a book in her conservatory when she heard the loud noise.
She said: “It was a terrific explosion. It sounded like a bomb was going off.
“I rang 999 as I was scared the car was going to blow up.
“I could smell the fumes and I had to shut my bedroom window to keep the smoke out.
“It was a shock. My dog went ballistic.”
Adam Kirby (26) was in his bedroom when he heard the explosion.
He said: “It sounded like a cannon went off. I jumped out of my skin and thought ‘what on earth was that’?
“I’ve never jumped so much much in my life.
“The neighbours went outside and there was thick, black smoke. The bonnet was on fire.”
A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “At 1.49pm on Monday a crew from Yaxley was called to a car fire in Glebe Road, Fletton, Peterborough.
“Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the fire.
“They returned to their stations by 2.35pm.
The cause of the fire was accidental, electrical.”