THERE were chaotic scenes on Fountain Street on Monday afternoon after a car began belching thick smoke from the exhaust and bonnet.
The Fire Brigade raced to the scene to hose down the stricken vehicle amid fears that it could explode.
Onlookers were advised to stand back as the smoke intensified.
It is understood that the driver realised that something was wrong as the vehicle passed the roundabout at Alexander Irvine Park, so he pulled in and shut down the engine.
But after he had left the car, it roared back into life.
*See page 10 for more dramatic pictures from the scene.