Six people have been injured and taken to hospital after a massive explosion in the UK city of Leicester, a two-hour drive north of London.
At least two buildings have reportedly been destroyed in the blast which police are calling a “major incident”.
The explosion occurred on Hinckley Road at 7.19pm local time (6.19am AEDT).
Several roads had to be closed around the area.
| Major Incident |
19:19 |There has been a major incident on Hinckley Road, Leicester. All emergency services are currently dealing with this. Carlisle Street and part of Hinckley Road have been closed Please avoid the area.
— LeicestershirePolice (@leicspolice) February 25, 2018
Emergency services continue to manage a building fire as a result of the explosion.
Police say cause of the explosion will be the subject of a joint investigation with the local Fire and Rescue Service.
“We would ask that the media and public do not speculate about the circumstances surrounding the incident but at this stage there is no indication this is terrorist related,” says Leicestershire Police.
People nearby reported their houses shaking and have been told to stay well clear of the area:
— Andrew knapp (@KnappsterKnapp) February 25, 2018
Businesses and homes in the immediate vicinity have not been evacuated, although the electricity supply has been cut off for a number of properties in the Hinckley Road area while emergency services deal with the incident.
The Daily Mail reports the explosion occurred in a Londis convenience store with a bus stop in front of it. Photos show the store has been demolished and video of the aftermath is being shared online:
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