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M5 shut after LPG Land Rover fire

The M5 motorway in east Devon was closed in both directions after a Land Rover with a gas container caught fire.

The road was closed for an hour at junction 27, the Sampford Peverell turn-off, near Tiverton, after the incident at about 1130 GMT.

Police said the motorway was closed for safety reasons because the vehicle was dual-fuelled, carrying petrol or diesel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fuel.

The closure caused tailbacks in both directions, police said.

The vehicle's owner was from Tedburn St Mary, near Exeter, police said.

LPG is a mixture of propane and butane gases which is kept under pressure and turns into a liquid.

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