Tube Panic As Smoke Pours Out Of Man's Bag
Thursday 19th June 2014
Passengers fled a busy London tube station this morning after an electrical device overheated, causing sparks and smoke to pour out of a man's bag.
Some people screamed and ran out of Chancery Lane station while others were in tears.
Eyewitness Jez Smith wrote on Twitter: "Tube: Smoke and sparks coming from cannister in carriage at Chancery Lane. Crying girlfriend thought she would die."
British Transport Police say the incident isn't being treated as suspicious. A spokesman said: "It looks like a battery in a passenger's device which he had in his bag has overheated, and that is what caused the sparks and smoke to come from his bag.
"We don't know what the device is, if it is a laptop or a computer.
"He then approached staff and explained what happened. Our officers are on their way to Chancery Lane station to speak to staff and get his details.
"We are not treating it as a suspicious incident, and nobody was hurt."