Following reports of a massive explosion which took place in Leicester, one of England’s biggest cities, police and emergency services rushed at the scene, and 4 victims were taken to a local hospital. According to what we know so far (very little actually), a home and a convenience store were destroyed by a powerful explosion in Leicester. Authorities treat this situation as a major incident. disasterThe blast occurred at approximately 7pm local time and 6 fire engines were sent to the scene of the .
This footage shows the aftermath of an apparent explosion in the Hinckley Road area of Leicester. Police have declared a "major incident." More information as we get it. pic.twitter.com/ghVIGEYjdk
— BBC East Midlands (@bbcemt) February 25, 2018
— Leicester Media (@Leicestermedia) February 25, 2018
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) February 25, 2018
Sky News reports the situation is not being treated as a terrorist incident, at least for now:
Sky Sources say there are no early indications that the explosion in Leicester was connected to terrorist activity
— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) February 25, 2018
The local authorities are currently involved in search and rescue operations, with emergency responders trying to extinguish the fire. All traffic patterns in the general Hinkley Road area were suspended. The cause of the explosion is not known just yet, and there are reports about forensic teams in hazmat suits investigating the area. The number of victims caught under the rubble is unknown. This is a developing story. Stay tuned.