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'Battery short circuit' caused blast in London Underground which injured a number of people

The incident happened in Southgate station in northwest London.

Emergency services at the scene at Southgate tube station after reports of a minor explosion.
Emergency services at the scene at Southgate tube station after reports of a minor explosion.
Image: Victoria Jones via PA

Updated Jun 19th 2018, 10:22 PM

A SMALL EXPLOSION at a London Underground station this evening left a few people with minor injuries, but officials said the incident did not seem to be related to terrorism.

Police said they were not aware of any serious injuries in what the force called a “minor explosion” at Southgate tube station in northwest London.

In a statement this evening, the Met Police said the scene had been examined by specialist officers.

“It appears at this stage that the cause of the explosion was a battery short circuit. The Met Police and British Transport Police are working together to establish the full facts,” a spokesman said.

Officers said the Southgate Tube station was closed while they investigated a suspicious package. Cordons were put in place and the public was asked to keep away.

The Met said officers remained on the scene and were investigating.
Transport police added a “small number” of people were treated at the scene.

The nature of the injuries was not immediately clear. There were no immediate reports of anyone needing hospital treatment.

Police responded after people ran from the station and said there had been an explosion.
They said no cause has yet been established.

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