‘Suspicious’ blast rocks Bristol street as houses evacuated

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A Bristol neighbourhood has been evacuated after a "suspicious" explosion in the early hours of Thursday morning.

St Nicholas' Road in St Paul's has been closed all morning along with neighbouring Grosvenor Road as investigations continue into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Emergency services, including police, fire crews and gas engineers, have been on the scene throughout the morning, having first received a call at around 2am reporting an explosion, Bristol Live reports.

Police said there have been no reported injuries at this time, but that the explosion is being treated as suspicious.

A statement from Avon and Somerset Police said: "Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident in St Paul's, Bristol.

"Shortly after 2am this morning (Thursday 8 April), we received a call reporting an explosion at a residential property in the St Nicholas Road area.

"Firefighters and paramedics were also called to the scene, and gas and electric engineers have also attended.

"There have been no reported injuries at this time. People in a number of neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution.

"An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the incident but at this early stage we are treating it as suspicious.

"Road closures have been put in place in St Nicholas Road and at its junction with Grosvenor Road. A diversion route has been set up via Ashley Road but we'd please ask people to avoid the area at this time while emergency services are at the scene.

"Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call 101 and give reference number 5221074539."

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Images from the scene show scaffolding around what seems to be a badly damaged terraced house.

Fire crews can be seen carrying a front door, still marked with police tape, out of the way.

Police are still manning a cordon at either end of St Nicholas' Road as structural engineers visit neighbouring properties to ensure they're safe.

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