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    INCIDENT: FIVE INJURED IN CABLE EXPLOSION

    Another electrical link box explodes on a London street

    It has been reported by the Telegraph that five people received medical treatment after a “pavement exploded on a London street.

    This is said to be one of more than 60 incidents this year of explosions within underground chambers containing power cables.

    London Fire Brigade arrived at the scene on Holloway Road in Islington and cordoned the road off at 10pm. One witness tweeted that the fire was huge:

    “Power cut on my road & some of Holloway road because some electrically wires went on fire… The fire was huge! There’s no electricity.”

    London Fire Brigade cut off electricity to the area and Watch Manager Jim Farrell who was at the scene said:

    “There was lots of very thick, black smoke pulsing from the manhole and crews worked quickly to contain the fire. The Brigade goes to around 50 incidents involving electrical manhole covers every year in London.”

    UK Power Networks been “warned by the HSE” to improve safety checks. It is expected to take 10 years to replace the electrical link boxes which are causing the problem.

     

     

     

     

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