Blast cuts Daventry town centre electricity supplies

An underground explosion in the centre of a Northamptonshire town cut off electricity to hundreds of homes and businesses.

The explosion, described by police as "small", happened on Thursday just after 16:10 GMT in Daventry.

Engineers suspect the cause was an electrical fault under a pavement at the junction of New Street and Little Lane.

The pavement was lifted by the blast and parts of the town lost power.

There were no reports of injuries and engineers are working to restore power supplies.

It is believed that about half of the properties around the town centre were affected.

Police warned motorists to take extra care as traffic signals were not working.

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