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Evacuations after Hartlepool car blast death
Two cordons have been set up in Hartlepool and bomb disposal crews have been called in after a man's body was found in a car that had exploded. The man, who has not been identified, was found in the early hours in the Old Cemetery Road area of the town.
Two police officers and three ambulance crew underwent chemical decontamination at the scene. A 150m cordon is in place around the vehicle and about 100 flats
"Friends have been posting on Facebook and Twitter saying that the guy who died in the car explosion lived in that flat and it may have chemicals inside it.
"There's about half-a-dozen police down by the marina now."
More reports coming from social networking sites say that ambulance crews and police officers have been decontaminated following the car explosion in the early hours of this morning.
as a precaution