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Concerns over motorists filling unsuitable containers with fuel amid panic buying

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Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has been receiving reports of panic-buyers using the flimsy plastic containers to carry fuel supplies. It comes after desperate drivers were snapped filling water bottles and even plastic bags with fuel after queuing for hours to use a pump.

Dan Moss, the fire brigade’s area manager, said the reckless motorists “could be creating a highly explosive atmosphere”, adding: “If petrol is not contained properly then the vapours coming from that can irritate the eyes, nose and throat and in high concentrations it can cause dizziness or unconsciousness.

“We’ve been hearing some horrendous reports of people using plastic containers like ice cream tubs to fill up with fuel.

“People should be using the proper containers even for small amounts of fuel, and using jerry cans or metal containers for larger amounts.

“Myself and my team continue to closely monitor this.”

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