Car bursts into flames on busy Dublin city street ahead of 1916 centenary celebrations
A car went on fire in a central Dublin city street this afternoon.
There were reports of an explosion as the vehicle burst into flames on Parnell St shortly after 2pm.
It is understood that the vehicle involved was a taxi and the driver had emerged only moments before the fire started.
A witness at the scene told Independent.ie: "It was scary when it blew, it was like a bomb going off."
Plumes of smoke could be seen on the main thoroughfare close to Jervis St and the Cineworld Cinema while the incident was ongoing.
Dublin Fire Brigade responded to the blaze with one unit from Phibsborough station arriving at the scene to extinguish the fire.
Motorists were warned to avoid the area if at all possible this afternoon but the road is now safe to travel on.
The incident occurred just metres away from Dublin's O'Connell St where preparations for this weekend's Easter Rising centenary celebrations are taking place.