Smartwhip laughing gas canister exploded in garbage truck

Smartwhip laughing gas canister exploded in garbage truck
Smartwhip laughing gas canister exploded in garbage truck

The council has issued an urgent warning after a canister of laughing gas exploded in a refuse lorry in the Bradford district.

Bradford Council posted on its Facebook page to tell people about disposing of nitrous oxide canisters – often called laughing gas.

The canisters – which come in a variety of sizes – should not be placed in normal bins as this can pose a serious hazard to garbage collectors.

A crew was compacting rubbish in their garbage vehicle and a container that had been placed in a domestic trash can exploded.

A Bradford Council spokesman said: “Please do not put nitrous oxide canisters like those pictured in any of your bins as they are extremely dangerous when compacted in the carriage.

“One of these canisters recently exploded in one of our garbage vehicles, which could have had serious consequences for the crew and the vehicle.”

The canisters in the photo shared by the council include small silver pellet style canisters – which have been seen littered across Bradford in recent years, including by the River Aire at Ilkley – blue “Smartwhips” and more industrial-sized canisters.

Those wishing to dispose of canisters properly can bring the ‘Smartwhip’ bottles to the recycling center in Low Moor, while the Bowling Back Lane and Royd Ings factories in Keighley will accept the other two styles (silver lozenges and large carrier gases).

Laughing gas has become popular as a recreational drug in recent years and is often inhaled from canisters through balloons.

There have been calls in the past for introduce a law to criminalize the possession of laughing gas.

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