Manchester

Homes evacuated in Stockport after explosion fears

Forty homes and three businesses in Stockport had to be evacuated, after firefighters tackling a fire discovered a potentially explosive gas cylinder.

Crews were called to a fire at an industrial unit in Charles Street, just after 1100 BST. An acetylene cylinder was found in the affected area.

Firefighters have set up a safety zone around the site.

Higher Hillgate, which had been been closed between the the A6 junction and Longshut Lane, has been reopened.

A fire service spokesman said that the gas cylinder had been cooled down and safely disposed of and that evacuated residents had begun returning to their homes from 1800 BST.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites