The moment a burning car hurtled towards a hot dog stand after a firefighting display went wrong at a country fair in Somerset has been caught on camera.
The car was set on fire as part of a demonstration at the Somerset Steam and Country Show in Low Ham on Saturday.
Firefighters were on-hand to extinguish it, but as the flames grew, the car began rolling through a cordoned off area towards a hot dog stand, where visitors looked on in horror, reports the Daily Mail.
It came to a stop on the tow hitch of the food stall, which had been evacuated just moments before.
Dozens of families were enjoying rides just behind the food truck.
The fire was extinguished and the Ford Escort was towed back into the centre of the show ring.
Nobody was hurt in the incident.
A witness told the Daily Mail: "There were about 50 people watching as a car was set well alight. A fire engine entered the ring and was doing laps of the burning car.
"All of a sudden the car started moving forward. We all thought it was part of the demonstration so no one really thought anything of it.
"There were gasps as the crowd began to realise what was happening.
"Firefighters and stewards then jumped in front of the car to try to stop it hitting a hot dog stand but they couldn't."
The onlooker added: "It was pretty frightening seeing a ball of flames rolling towards a food truck that presumably has gas bottles inside.
'It could have been an absolute disaster."
There were around 50 people watching the display and approximately 1,000 people at the fair.
Another car fire demonstration set to take place on Sunday was cancelled.
Best free days out this summer
Burning car hurtles towards hot dog stand as fair stunt goes wrong
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