Power restored to homes after Leicester substation blast

Debris on road after explosion Image copyright Daniel Boddington
Image caption Debris was hurled across the street by the explosion

Power has been restored to about 300 homes after a explosion and fire at an electricity substation in Leicester.

Fire crews were called to the Sanvey Gate area of the city after reports of an explosion early on Monday morning.

Some diversions are still in place along the A6 St Margaret's Way, Leicestershire Police said.

Western Power said the building was structurally unsafe and part of the substation would need to be demolished.

Debris was strewn across the road and a large crack was visible down one side of the building.

Colin Randle, distribution manager for Western Power, blamed a "component failure" for causing the explosion.

Engineers worked with emergency service crews throughout the day to make the site safe.

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