By KAT MULLARD
GARBO Darrell Gibson's world was almost literally blown apart yesterday morning as he went about his regular rounds emptying the red bins in the Coffs Harbour area.
After setting down one of the red bins on his collection route, Darrell was about to continue on to the next house when a loud explosion came from the back of his truck.
"In the 20 years I've been working, I've never seen anything like it. It frightened hell out of me! I picked up one of the red bins and then went to drive up to the next one and, all of a sudden, bang! Rubbish shot out of the top of the truck and flew about 100 metres down the street. I thought I was a goner," Mr Gibson said.
The explosion happened around 7.30am at Argyle Street, Coffs Harbour, and was powerful enough to rip through the middle of the truck and cause two large dents in the 3mm stainless-steel wall of the truck's compactor.
"At first I thought I was under attack, the explosion was very loud. I thought it was going to come into the cab," Mr Gibson said.
When a rather shaken Mr Gibson phoned in the report of the explosion, an inspection of the truck later revealed that no, it wasn't a terrorist attack by Osama 'Bin' Laden, it was a red bin laden with what is suspected to have been pool chemicals.
Mr Gibson said that it was lucky no one was around to get hit by the flying debris.
Transport supervisor for Handy Bin Waste Services, Richard Herder, said that they were very concerned about the explosion, and warned people against placing dangerous or hazardous materials in the bins.