Stoke & Staffordshire

Burslem sub-station explosion causes power cuts and traffic problems

An explosion at an electricity sub-station in Stoke-on-Trent caused traffic problems and power cuts but no injuries, police have said.

The explosion happened on Evans Street in Burslem at about 17:00 BST.

Western Power Distribution said the blast was caused by faulty equipment.

The power company said homes and businesses across Staffordshire and South Cheshire had been affected but had their electricity restored within an hour.

The affected areas included Newcastle-under-Lyme, Burslem, Congleton, Endon, Cheddleton, Leek and Knypersley.

A power company spokesman said: "There was a fault on a piece of equipment in the sub-station. Our engineers were on the scene quickly and were able to isolate the fault."

Staffordshire Police said there was no fire and the explosion happened inside the sub-station.

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