Dramatic eyewitness accounts of Parsons Green Tube blast horror
News of this morning’s explosion on a Tube train at Parsons Green has spread via social media, with eyewitnesses sharing their dramatic experiences.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that the incident is being treated as terrorism, after a “flash and a bang”, believed to have been caused by a device within a bucket, caused passengers to flee the District Line train at around 8.20am.
Police say that “a number of people” have been injured, including one man who says his hair was burned off.
Many of those that made it out were keen to share their experiences of the chaos that immediately followed the blast.
This is what the eyewitnesses said:
Emma said she had to “run for my life” in a huge stampede.
I'm safe – just had to run for my life at #ParsonsGreen station – huge stamped, lots injured. Not sure why – fire/explosion mentioned. pic.twitter.com/zRvRPWOuzA
— Emma (@EmmaStevie1) September 15, 2017
Steven Slayford was urged to “get somewhere safe” by a police officer.
Huge police presence at Parsons Green. Was told by a police officer to "get somewhere safe as quickly as I can". pic.twitter.com/944FhPiDzk
— Steven Slayford (@stevenslayford) September 15, 2017
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Katherine Manson thanked the man who “pulled me out of the pile of people on the stairs” during the frantic rush to flee the station.
To the man that pulled me out of the pile of people on the stairs during the stampede at Parsons Green – thank you. Thank you so much.
— Katherine Manson (@KatherineManson) September 15, 2017
Ryan Bennett described “chaotic scenes” but praised the police and fire service for their speedy response.
Explosion at Parsons green on my tube. Chaotic scenes, @metpoliceuk @LondonFire response in 6 mins!!! Proud to be a Londoner
— Ryan Barnett (@upol_2015) September 15, 2017