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Army apologise for explosions at Edinburgh's Dreghorn Barracks

Dreghorn Barracks Image copyright Google

The Army has apologised after a series of loud explosions at its barracks in the south of Edinburgh.

The "very loud bangs" were heard across the capital at about 08:15.

Residents speculated on social media that the explosions could be fireworks, thunder, TNT - or even "artillery fire".

The Army later confirmed on Twitter that soldiers at the Dreghorn barracks were being given demolition training.

A spokesperson tweeted: "Sincere apologies to everyone in #Edinburgh for the bangs this morning. Soldiers in #Dreghorn barracks were doing demolitions training."

After one Twitter user pointed out that "Advance warning might be nice, given recent events", the Army in Scotland account responded: "Indeed. Many apologies."

Earlier, one Edinburgh resident tweeted: "I'm directly opposite the barracks. Felt it in my chest. No idea what that was but more than fireworks...."

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