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UK Police Say No Sign Blast in English City Was Linked to Terrorism

UK Police Say No Sign Blast in English City Was Linked to Terrorism

Emergency personnel at the scene on Hinckley Road in Leicester, after a "major incident" was declared by police after reports of an explosion. (Press Association via AP Images)

Sunday, 25 February 2018 05:48 PM

British police said on Sunday there was no immediate indication that an explosion that destroyed a convenience store and a home in the central English city of Leicester was linked to terrorism.

"Incident will be the subject of a joint investigation with the fire service," the local police force said on Twitter. "At this stage there is no indication this is terrorist related."

Pictures and videos posted on Twitter showed flames leaping into the sky from the site which was reduced to rubble.

The local ambulance service said it took four patients to hospital and its hazardous response team was at the site.

The city’s fire department said it sent six fire engines after the reports of a large explosion and a building collapse.

A picture used by the Leicester Mercury newspaper showed a blaze and the rubble of a destroyed building which the newspaper said housed a convenience store and a flat above it.

“We heard an absolutely massive explosion. It was pretty frightening,” the Mercury quoted an unidentified resident, who lives a few streets away, as saying.

“We went to look out of the upstairs windows and saw loads of smoke, and then a few seconds later massive orange flames.”

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British police said on Sunday there was no immediate indication that an explosion that destroyed a convenience store and a home in the central English city of Leicester was linked to terrorism.
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