Several Injured After "Minor Explosion" At Southgate Tube Station
19 June 2018, 20:23 | Updated: 19 June 2018, 22:25
Five people have been hurt after a “minor” explosion at a north London Tube station sparked panic.
Police were called to reports of a suspicious package and a people running from Southgate station just after 7pm on Tuesday.
Paramedics treated three people at the scene and two were taken to hospital.
Upon further examination, Scotland Yard says the cause of the explosion appears to have been a battery short circuit.
It's not being treating as terror-related.
The area was put into lockdown after initial calls and a large cordon was put in place.
Nearby residents were evacuated by emergency services and unable to return to their homes.
There have been no reports of any serious injuries.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned people to "avoid the area".
He tweeted: "I am in touch with senior Met Police about the reported minor explosion at Southgate Tube station. They are investigating. Please avoid the area".
Nearby resident Helen was at home having dinner when she heard police sirens just after 7pm.
She told LBC: “It’s frightening, we use the station often with our grandchildren.
“We walk round to the Post Office and to see it on your doorstep, it’s a worry.”