Shop damaged after tyre blow-out

PUBLISHED: 14:30 10 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:30 10 July 2013

There were dramatic scenes in Budleigh High Street last week when a tyre blew out on a recycling lorry, with enough force to break a shop window.

The Biffa lorry was making a collection from Lloyds Pharmacy at around 10am on Wednesday when the incident happened.

Store manager Jeremy Higgs said: “It sounded like a bomb going off – there was even a flash of light. People heard it in the Co-op and further up the street.

“The pressure was sufficient to break the glass – luckily it didn’t smash the window.

“Luckily no-one was injured. There were people walking by but I think they were just shocked.”

As well as breaking the glass, the shockwave also damaged wooden panelling in the pharmacy’s shop front.

Biffa’s group head of safety, health and environment, Matthew Humphreys, said: “An incident took place in Budleigh Salterton, at 10am, on July 3, which resulted in damage being caused to the window of Lloyds Pharmacy. No one was injured.

“For clarification, an outer tyre blew as the vehicle was pulling away, it was some three feet from the shop front when the incident occurred and the window cracked rather than smashed.

“Biffa takes health and safety very seriously and is conducting its own internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

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