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Coronation Street set in mock fireball 999 drama

Corrie set with fire Image copyright Stephen Ryder
Image caption Flames and smoke were seen coming from Coronation Street's Trafford Park studios

A mock explosion and fireball on the set of Coronation Street as part of a storyline saw firefighters scrambled to the studio.

Crews were called after smoke and flames were seen coming from the ITV soap's set in Trafford Park at about 21:25 BST on Tuesday.

A spokesman said the explosion was a "false alarm".

ITV said filming was taking place for a storyline, airing in May, involving a fire at the Victoria Court flats.

It is understood the soap had told the fire service a mock fire would be taking place this week, with experts attending the filming.

Image caption Fire damage could be seen at the Coronation Street set following the staged blaze

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) tweeted: "The Coronation Street set IS NOT on fire!"

The soap's set moved to MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, in January last year.

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