London's most famous shopping road closed for emergency services to deal with a "power network explosion", which caused one injury.
Oxford Street was shut both ways, between John Prince's Street and Holles Street, due to emergency services dealing with an incident, according to Transport for London.
One Twitter user wrote: "Meters away from an explosion on Oxford Street."
The Met Police said in a tweet on Thursday September 8 at around 7.25pm: "We're dealing with a small 'power network explosion' at 7pm in Oxford St, W1.
"We're aware of one man with minor injuries. Cordons in place."
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Two people suffered from burns
Two people were injured during the explosion, the London Ambulance Service has confirmed.
They were both taken as a “priority” to hospital.
What's happened so far...
As we continue to update you on the incident in Oxford Street last night here is our latest story on the explosion which led to mass panic and evacuation of the area.
Cause of the incident is under investigation
UK Power Networks released the following statement on Friday (September 8) morning:
Our engineers were on site with the emergency services, following an incident last night on Oxford Street.
We are working with emergency services to establish the cause of the incident
Police say incident is 'not a criminal matter'
The Metropolitan Police this morning said following last night’s explosion in Oxford Street, due to the nature of the incident not being a criminal matter they will not be dealing with it.
Here is our latest update on the story: http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/oxford-street-police-incident-power-13589823
UK Power Networks confirm a fault with an "underground electricity cable"
A power cut was reported to UK Power Networks at 7.15pm.
Their live power cut alerts say:
“There is currently a power cut in this area.
“Our engineers are working hard to fix it as quickly as possible.
“We are sorry for any trouble this may have caused you.”
Postcodes potentially affected includes: W1B 2,W1B 3,W1C 2,W1R 1,W1S 1
UK Power Networks have given the reason for the power cut. They said:
“A fault has occurred on an underground electricity cable affecting the local area, we may have to dig up the road to carry out repairs.”
UK Power Networks staff are on site
UK Power Networks deliver the UK’s electricity supply.
A spokesperson said:
“Our engineers are on site with the emergency services, following an earlier incident on Oxford Street.”
Oxford Street filled with smoke immediately after explosion
This footage, from Michael Woodside, shows the immediate aftermath of the explosion - which filled Oxford Street with smoke.
Oxford Street has RE-OPENED
Passer-by captures close up of explosion aftermath
Explosion shuts down multiple roads
Transport for London has listed all the roads affected by the incident:
- Hills Place(All Directions)
- Holles Street(All Directions)
- John Prince’s Street(All Directions)
- Oxford Street(All Directions)
- Swallow Place (All Directions)