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Car bursts into flames as dad’s ‘explosive vest’ detonates as he’s driving

A father has died after a homemade explosive device suddenly detonated inside his car while he was driving on Saturday morning.

It is understood that the 43-year-old was wearing an explosive vest that was triggered when his car hit a speed bump.

In harrowing video footage obtained by 7NEWS, the car can be seen continuing to travel after a explosion from inside blows out the windows and ceiling.

Emergency services were called to the Melbourne suburb of Hallam just before midday and found a deceased man's body inside the vehicle. The man's death is not being treated as suspicious.

The father and former soldier was reportedly at the home of his ex-partner shortly before the explosion.

A local witness said that arson and bomb squads spent almost an entire day removing debris before reopening the street to the public.

Talking to 7NEWS, a resident said: "They had the streets blocked off and police pretty much controlling everything, there was 15 police cars all around the place."

"I just heard a big loud band at about 11am and I looked out the window and saw the car had gone through the roundabout and crashed into a sign," another added.

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A police spokeswoman said: "'The circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation by the Arson and Explosives Squad.

"Bomb Response Unit members attended due to explosive items located inside the vehicle and it took a considerable amount of time for the Bomb Response Unit to render these items safe."

Friends and family of the 43-year-old have visited the scene to pay their respects.

A spray painted message on a brick wall read: "Dad, my soldier 4ever."

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In the UK, a couple have been evacuated from their home after they found two Second World War bombs hidden in their loft.

Anthony Smith, 51, was taking measurements around a chimney breast in the loft of the family home in the Liverpool suburb of West Derby, this evening when he discovered a strange package wrapped in a 'Dinky Rolls' bread package.

Anthony, a chemical plant worker, carried the package downstairs where he showed it to his wife, Claire Smith, and placed it on the kitchen worktop.

Claire, a civil servant, said that she "backed away quite quickly" when she realised what they were.

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