Shocking aerial drone footage has shown the devastation left by a huge explosion that flattened a restaurant, leaving two people seriously injured and dozens more in hospital.
The blast, caused by a suspected gas leak, completely levelled a Chinese restaurant and several other buildings within a 50-metre radius, including a dance studio, and left several people trapped in rubble.
It happened at around 9.15pm on Saturday night in a build-up residential area in New Ferry, the Wirral, but was heard as far away as North Wales.
Two people were seriously injured and at least 30 more taken to hospital after the ground-shaking explosion.
Lan’s House Chinese restaurant was completely destroyed in the blast, while Complete Works dance studio, opposite the restaurant, was reportedly also left “obliterated’, along with a furniture shop.
Houses in the immediate vicinity had to be evacuated and occupants reportedly moved to a nearby church.
Photographer Scott Dow captured the true devastation of the blast using a drone on Sunday morning.
He launched it from a nearby car park and filmed and taking photos of the scene from various heights, including 400 feet, 200 feet and 100 feet.
The 34-year-old, who travelled to the scene from Leigh in Wigan, said: “There was rubble all across the car park where bricks had been launched.
“There was also bricks across the streets and roads behind. The rubble must have been thrown well over 100m.”
(Top picture: www.pigscanfly.photography/SWNS)