Explosion causes chaos for commuters

PUBLISHED: 14:44 10 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:07 26 October 2009

Emergency services at the scene

Emergency services at the scene

AN EXPLOSION at a town centre electrical sub-station has caused chaos for morning commuters. Church Road in WGC was cordoned off while the area was made safe from around 8am this morning. The explosion happened yards from the entrance to

The scene of the explosion

AN EXPLOSION at a town centre electrical sub-station has caused chaos for morning commuters.

Church Road in WGC was cordoned off while the area was made safe from around 8am this morning.

The explosion happened yards from the entrance to the Sainsbury supermarket in the heart of the town.

Store manager Mike Banissy said: "We knew what it was straight away when we heard the bang.

"There was smoke coming out of the top which was more alarming than anything else.

"The explosion was heard across the car park."

A WGC fireman at the scene told the WHT that the crew were waiting for EDF Energy to turn off the power before they began further invesigations.

An engineer from EDF Energy is now on site.

An EDF Energy spokeswoman said: "Power was interrupted to a localised area of WGC shortly after 8.00am today following the failure of a piece of equipment at one of our substations.

"Engineers are working as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power to approximately 80 customers affected by the fault, in the Parkway, Church Road and Stanborough Road area of the town.

"We are currently investigating the underlying cause of the problem and would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused."

Check www.whtimes24.co.uk for updates.

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