Explosion closes Piccadilly Circus

03 Jul 2014

Piccadilly Circus was temporarily closed on Wednesday night following an explosion in the area.

The blast, which is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault beneath a manhole cover, resulted in a nearby lorry catching fire.

Metropolitan Police officers and London Fire Brigade were called to the scene at the Piccadilly junction with Sackville Street just before 11pm. They cordoned off the area and brought the blaze under control using a water jet.

No one was injured or arrested in the incident. The road reopened shortly before 4am on Thursday after the clean-up operation has successfully been carried out.

Underground explosions in London more than tripled between 2011 and 2012, according to figures obtained by BBC London last year, and this latest eruption is one of several more in the capital since then.

Copyright Press Association 2014

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