Blast in North London: British Media

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Blast in North London: British Media

LONDON - Five people have been hurt after a “minor explosion” at an underground station in north London, The Intercept has reported.

Two people were taken to hospital and a further three were treated for minor injuries at the scene following the blast at Southgate just after 7pm.

Scotland Yard said it was investigating the cause of the explosion, which followed reports of of a suspicious package at the station, but the incident is not believed to be terror-relate. <link>

“We are not aware of any serious injury,” added a police spokesman.

The force said it was called at 7.03pm to reports of ”an explosion and people running at Southgate underground station”.

Witnesses said they could smell burning from outside following the explosion.

“I was at Southgate station when this commotion started,” wrote a Twitter user. ”I could smell burning (like rubber) and saw multiple people hurrying for the exits.”

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An London Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We sent multiple resources to the scene, including a number of ambulance crews, our hazardous area response team, a medic in a fast response car, an advanced paramedic and an incident response officer.

“We have treated three patients at the scene for minor injuries and have taken two people to hospital.

“We remain on scene, working with other emergency service colleagues.”

Fire crews were also sent to the scene.

Residents of nearby homes said they had been evacuated by police.

“Got escorted out of my flat next to Southgate tube station,” tweeted one woman. “All cornered off but we’re not getting many answers. I have no bra on, one hand painted and my hairs wet.

“People just lining the streets at this point.. like something out of a film right now.”

A nearby gym was also reported to have been evacuated.