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Pavement 'explodes' in Blackfriars injuring woman

Man beside exploded electrical manhole Image copyright John Vickers
Image caption The manhole cover was blown out of the pavement shortly after 13:00 BST

An electrical manhole exploded on the pavement of a busy central London street, injuring a woman.

The blast happened on Tudor Street in Blackfriars shortly after 13:00 BST, with images showing the manhole cover and debris spread across the pavement.

The woman was treated for burns but her injuries were not life-threatening, City of London Police said.

A gas leak was confirmed nearby, Electrical UK Power Networks said.

Image copyright Lindsay Dodgson
Image caption Fire crews, paramedics and police all attended the scene on Tudor Street

Witness John Vickers tweeted that he "saw and heard an explosion" which he described as "scary".

Electrical UK Power Networks said no faults were found with any of its equipment but it had been made aware of a gas leak nearby.

Four fire engines attended as well as crews from the London Ambulance Service.

Last year it was revealed there had been 80 incidents of exploding pavements in London since 2010.

Image copyright CCTV
Image caption A pavement exploded in Pimlico on 26 April 2013 narrowly missing a passerby

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