A cyclist said he thought he was going to die after an auxiliary fuel tank from an RAF Harrier jet fell from the sky and missed him by inches.
Les Sprason, who lives in the village, said the fuel tank had spiralled over his head while he cycled along the country road.
"I thought, I am going to die because it is going to explode, and this is me finished," he said.
The tank fell from the jet and landed in a field with a dull thud. Mr Sprason added: "It came over the road, over my head, somersaulting, and impacted into a hedgerow. It ruptured itself, and the aviation fuel was pouring out."
An RAF spokesman said that the auxiliary tank "came away" from the aircraft and was not jettisoned.