A gas blast in Merseyside town of New Ferry has left at least 34 people injured and a building flattened in the Wirral area on Saturday at 9.15pm local time, Merseyside Fire Service has confirmed.
This unfortunate incident affected a local dance studio and the injured were mainly diners at a nearby Chinese restaurant.
A spokesperson of the Fire Service also said the building “have collapsed in a suspected explosion due to a gas leak.”
ITV has reported that nearby residents said they had felt the earth shake from the explosion, which left a huge plume of smoke rising into the sky.
Shocking pictures and footage reveal bricks and other debris scattered on the streets of the town generally known to be quiet.
Safety officers were immediately deployed to the scene; about 30 firemen along with paramedics carrying oxygen masks, reports the Mirror.
Explosion in New Ferry rocks Wirral. Boom heard across Merseyside at around 9.15pm. Road closures in place across area. pic.twitter.com/ZVjdMVN22b
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