Glasgow & West Scotland

'Mini explosion' due to power surge in Glasgow city centre

Scene on Buchanan Street Image copyright Nick Kewney
Image caption Nick Kewney tweeted this picture and said he had "missed a mini explosion on Buchanan Street"

A power surge on electrical cables in Glasgow resulted in 115 properties being left without electricity and sparked reports of a "mini explosion".

Fire crews were called to the scene in Buchanan Street on Tuesday morning after reports of a "bang" from a drain.

An area at the junction with St Vincent Place was cordoned off.

Scottish Power later said all properties affected at about 08:00 had been re-connected by 09:25 and there was "no evidence of any explosion".

A spokesman said: "We apologise for any inconvenience. We will now work to repair the cable fault.

"There was no evidence of any explosion. A bang was heard but the fault occurred several feet underground."

'Report of a bang'

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport said the situation "resulted in a power surge affecting signalling" on the city's subway and warned of delays to services.

A spokeswoman for the service said: "We received a report of a bang coming from a drain in Buchanan Street.

"We requested Scottish Power. It was some electrical cables which Scottish Power have isolated."

Twitter users had described the incident as a "mini explosion".

Nick Kewney tweeted: "Missed a mini explosion on Buchanan Street by about 5m! Nobody seems worried so guessing it's a gas pipe."

Police Scotland said there were reports of a power cut in the area and smoke coming from a drain.

The fire service said no fire had to be dealt with and the incident had been passed on to Scottish Power.

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