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Residents saw manhole cover fly into the air after Elm Park electrical explosion

PUBLISHED: 10:30 03 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:32 03 April 2019

Emergency services cordoned off the junction of Lancaster Drive and Farm Way this morning after an electrical explosion. Photo: Chirag Amin

Emergency services cordoned off the junction of Lancaster Drive and Farm Way this morning after an electrical explosion. Photo: Chirag Amin

Chirag Amin

An Elm Park road was closed this morning after an “electrical explosion” sent a manhole cover flying through the air.

The damage after a manhole cover exploded in an electrical incident this morning. Photo: Elijah AhmedThe damage after a manhole cover exploded in an electrical incident this morning. Photo: Elijah Ahmed

Police and the London Fire Brigade (LFB) were initially called at 8.04am today (Tuesday, April 2) to the smell of gas coming from a property at the junction of Lancaster Drive and Farm Way.

An LFB spokeswoman said firefighters went to the incident and it was found to be an “electrical shortage from a manhole cover at pavement level”.

The road was initially closed, and police were at the scene to deal with traffic management, however the road reopened at 10.05am.

Chirag Amin, 38, who lives opposite where the explosion happened told the Recorder: “I heard a loud bang and the man hole cover flew up in the air.

Firefighters responded quickly to Elijah Ahmed's emergency call this morning. Photo: Elijah AhmedFirefighters responded quickly to Elijah Ahmed's emergency call this morning. Photo: Elijah Ahmed

“It damaged our neighbours car, but everyone is okay.

“It could have injured someone if they had been walking past though, but fortunately no-one was.

“I know lots of children take a shortcut to school that way, and what is usually a one minute walk was a 10 minute one.

“At least they had a valid excuse if they were late this morning!”

Elijah Ahmed was getting her son ready for school when she heard a “massive thud” which was the manhole cover that had exploded.

She lives outside where the explosion happened and said her car had been dented where it landed on the bonnet.

“It is extremely lucky none of us or any residents were going past at the time of incident.

“We didn’t know what to do, we tried to call the council but no-one was in at the time, and there were no emergency numbers on its website.

“It was scary, we really didn’t know what had happened, and if anyone had been walking past they would have been really hurt.”

Pupils at Elm Park Primary School have also been sent home because of the power cut, and has no electricity or running water.

Posting on its Facebook page a spokesman said: “Please collect your child from school.

“Due to an extreme electricity power cut in the local area we have been left with no electricity or running water.

“This has been deemed as a health and safety issue and the school is unable to remain open.

“Please accept our apologies but this is out of our control and you will need to collect your child as soon as possible.

“Thank you, please do not call the school because the phone lines are also very limited due to the power cut.”


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