Explosion closes part of historic city with police and firefighters at scene

Emergency services at the scene of what police believe to have been an underground explosion  in Durham city centre
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Police have closed a busy street in a historic city after what is believed to have been an underground explosion. Witnesses say pavements have been damaged in Durham city centre following the explosion at about 12.30pm on Friday.

A cordon has been put in place blocking part of the city and people have been asked to stay away. However Durham Police have said nobody is thought to have been hurt in the incident.

A spokesman said: “Police were called to Durham City shortly after 12.30pm today following what appears to be an underground explosion. Pavements were damaged during the incident in North Road but there are no reports of any injuries.

“A cordon is currently in place between Framwellgate Bridge and North Road and shoppers are asked to avoid the area.” Firefighters remain at the scene along with police to make the area safe.

A County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 12.34pm today to reports of a small explosion under the pavement on North Road in Durham city centre. Crews from Durham Fire Station are currently at the scene and cordoned off the area until the gas and electric board arrive.”