Six injured in Leicester explosion

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Media caption BBC journalist John Alexander: “There continues to be what appears to be a big explosion”

Six people have been taken to medical center after an explosion destroyed a store in Leicester.

Law enforcement declared a “major incident” right after reports of a blast in Hinckley Road just after 19: 00 GMT on Sunday.

A police spokesman said: “At this stage there is no indication this really is terrorist related. ”

Two of the six in medical center are in critical condition and the other medication is “walking wounded”, said the University or college Hospitals of Leicester NHS Rely on.

Carlisle Street plus part of Hinckley Road have been shut and people are being asked to avoid the region. Electricity has been cut off for a number of qualities.

The fire continues to be burning and firefighters continue to sort through the debris alongside police plus paramedics.

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Picture caption Crews are looking through debris strewn across Hinckley Road

Angel Namaala lives opposite the particular shop and told the BBC she heard “this big thud, like an earthquake”.

The lady said: “The building had gone straight down and people were trying to help exactly where they could by taking the bricks away from. But the fire was getting larger and bigger so people were informed to leave the scene. inch

She said the lady and others helped a boy, considered to be aged about 15, who was harm in the blast.

“He was in there when it happened. I believe he was in the flat over the shop. We were keeping your pet warm and assuring him however be OK and the ambulance will be there, ” she added.

“Someone was with your pet already bringing him to the street so I stopped and gave your pet my coat. And other neighbours offered him blankets to cover himself. inch

Picture caption Police said adjoining buildings in Hinckley Road had been damaged as a result of the blast

Six open fire engines were sent to the picture and a fire service spokeswoman mentioned the property was a two-floor building having a loft conversion that had experienced a “pancake collapse”.

Leicestershire Police said: “The reason for the explosion will be the subject of the joint investigation by the police plus Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Support. ”

All of the casualties have been delivered to Leicester Royal Infirmary and people are already asked not to attend A& Electronic unless “absolutely necessary”.

Witnesses said the shop has been formerly a Londis but lately became a Polish supermarket.


At the scene, BBC reporter Caroline Lowbridge

Looking down Hinckley Road, beyond the cordon, there’s a smoking gap in which the shop once stood.

It exploded with such drive that glass and debris had been scattered across all four lanes from the dual carriageway.

From the few hours since the blast, however the air is still thick with smoke cigarettes.

Earlier, dozens of onlookers gathered – many with jewelry over their mouths, or jumpers pulled up, to avoid breathing in gases.

Witnesses said the particular destroyed shop had flats over it, and at least one of those wounded is thought to have been a citizen.


BBC journalist John Alexander said the particular emergency services had cordoned away from about 60 houses in the area.

“I live about eighty yards away from where it occurred, ” he said. “I experienced a tremor, what felt like a good earthquake shock and I heard an extremely low boom that sounded just like a very, very fast release of stress.

“I thought the house was going to fall down on top of me and everything my neighbours have said exactly the same thing. ”

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Picture caption The fire program said its teams are working within “tough conditions”

Harish Pattni was in the pizza shop six doors straight down when the explosion happened.

He said: “I’ve never skilled anything like this. It sounded such as those big, loud boom loudspeakers that people have in their cars, actual vibration. The bass sound had been so loud that it shattered the vehicle windows.

“The fire flames started more or less upstairs so I believed it must be something to do with upstairs, the houses.

“My immediate be concerned was when I saw the floorboards, all of the wood on the floor level, I thought there has to be people in the shop trapped. inch

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Media caption Video from a BBC journalist shows the particular immediate aftermath of the “blast” within Leicester.

East Midlands Ambulance Services said that crews from the West Midlands and Yorkshire had responded to additional 999 calls near the border whilst they dealt with the incident within Leicester.

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Image caption Emergency services say a “search and rescue” operation is below way

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