- West Country (E)
Smoke from a fireworks display has officially been ruled out as the cause of the M5 pile-up which killed seven people.
That was the summary from the West Somerset coroner this afternoon at the inquest into one of Britain's worst motorway accidents.
Michael Rose said he would be meeting with authorities before making further rulings on safety - including whether there should be tighter controls on fireworks displays near busy roads. David Woodland reports.
An explosives expert tells an inquest he has been unable to find any literature warning of the dangers of smoke from fireworks to drivers.
Drivers have told an inquest of their horror at being involved in one of the worst British motorway pile-ups in living memory.
Witnesses have been describing the driving conditions at the inquest into the deaths of seven people who died after a pile-up on the M5.