We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

File photo of the Waterside area of Derry city. john.purvis via Flickr

PSNI investigating number of possible causes for Derry ‘explosion’

A ‘loud explosion’ sound was reported in Derry just before 5pm; local police have urged vigilance while they investigate.

POLICE IN DERRY have said they are investigating a number of possible causes for the ‘loud explosion’ heard across the city this evening.

Reports of a ‘loud explosion’ sound in the Waterside area of the city centre began to surface at around 5pm, and police say they are following a number of lines of inquiry.

It is understood that one line of inquiry being pursued is that the explosion was the result of a possible attack on police.

The public has been urged to remain “extremely vigilant” and to report any unusual events to police officers at 0845 600 8000..

A number of areas have been evacuated, and are likely to remain sealed off until sometime tomorrow, in order to facilitate searches. Traffic diversions are in place.

Police said they appreciated the assistance of the local community while the investigation continues. No injuries have been reported.

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.