A car has caught fire and ‘exploded’ in Sydney’s Harbour Tunnel – forcing commuters to abandon their cars and run to safety.
Fire and Rescue crews rushed to the scene at about 9am on Tuesday morning after reports a car had burst into flames in the north-bound tunnel in the middle of the morning peak.
Among the commuters watching the blaze was a man holding a toddler and another who appeared to stand on the roof of his car to get a better view of the flames.
Manly Sea Eagles enforcer Martin Taupau was also caught up in the chaos when traffic was brought to a standstill.
He shared footage of the fire as other commuters milled around their cars, trying to get a better look.
One commuter shared a photo of the chaos to Twitter, clearly showing the smoke and orange flames as well as other people standing outside their stopped cars, watching from a distance.
‘First time for everything. Today I walked in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel after a car caught fire and exploded,’ he said.
Concerned social media users warned commuters not to get out of their cars due to the fumes and smoke they could have inhaled.
No one was injured in the explosion, which caused traffic chaos, with four emergency crews quickly managing to subdue the blaze.
Another photograph showed smoke from the fire billowing well above the Harbour Bridge.
Drivers were urged to avoid the area as both northbound and southbound lanes were closed.
Both directions have now reopened to the public, but delays are still expected.