Explosion Reported on Busy London Street

Police believe it was a 'power network' blast
September 7, 2017 Updated: September 7, 2017

At least one person was injured after an explosion rocked Oxford Street in London on Thursday evening, Sept. 7.

Videos posted online show people fleeing the scene at one of London’s busiest shopping areas.

Police told the Daily Express that the single victim, a man, suffered minor injuries.

Police cordoned off the area after the blast, the Daily Mail reported.

The Telegraph reported that it was a “power network” explosion.

Twitter account @Londonstuff posted a video: “Something’s happened on Oxford Street. People running away quickly and panicking.”

Local Adam Jogee tweeted: “Terrifying few moments in John Lewis on Oxford Street. Explosion and lots of screaming, crying and shouting. All told to hide or get out.”

Bronte Aurell also tweeted: “I saw the explosion on #oxfordstreet I was right there – if that’s an electrical explosion I don’t want to ever meet one again. Was massive!”

A Met spokesperson told the paper: “We’re dealing with a small ‘power network explosion’ at 7pm in Oxford St, W1. We’re aware of one man with minor injuries. Cordons in place.”

“We were called to the scene at 1903 to reports of an explosion. Officers are on the scene with London Fire Brigade. Cordons and road closures are in place. We believe that one person has suffered minor injuries. Our information is that it’s some kind of an electrical fault,” police told the Daily Express.