Flames and loud bangs at Welwyn Garden City bus station

PUBLISHED: 17:06 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:46 09 November 2017

Workmen moving the barriers at Welwyn Garden City bus station construction site. 
Picture: Supplied

Workmen moving the barriers at Welwyn Garden City bus station construction site. Picture: Supplied

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Two loud bangs have been heard and a burst of flames from the ground has been witnessed at the construction site at Welwyn Garden City bus station this afternoon.

Workmen moving barriers at Welwyn Garden City bus station.
Picture: SuppliedWorkmen moving barriers at Welwyn Garden City bus station. Picture: Supplied

Following the first bang just after 3.30pm, workmen were seen making phone calls and moving the orange barriers to keep the public further away from the site.

One eyewitness told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I had walked up to the Howard Centre entrance to find it had restricted access due to a power cut.

“People were being let in to get to the car park or train station.

“As I walked away from the Howard Centre towards the steps, I was looking to see what was going on at the construction site where the bus station is and there was this loud bang followed by a burst of flames from the ground.

Workmen moving barriers at Welwyn Garden City bus station.
Picture: SuppliedWorkmen moving barriers at Welwyn Garden City bus station. Picture: Supplied

“It was like a small explosion had happened.”

The eyewitness added: “I was still in the area about five minutes later and a heard another bang.

“When I looked over at the site again, workmen were looking at the ground where the flames had appeared in the first instance and a couple of them had started moving the barriers to keep the public farther away.”

The Welwyn Hatfield Times has contacted Herts County Council for a statement.

It has not been confirmed whether the power cut at the Howard Centre is linked to the loud bangs and flames at the bus station construction site.

UK Power Networks states online: “There was a power cut in this area earlier.

“Our engineers worked hard to fix it and your power should now be back on.

“We are sorry for any trouble this may have caused you.

“If you are still experiencing problems try resetting your trip switches or contact us and we will be able to help.

“We were investigating a high voltage electricity cable that was damaged, causing a power cut in the local area.”

The power cut was first reported at 2.18pm today.

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