What We Know About the London Bomb Explosion So Far
An explosion has taken place at Parsons Green train station in London this morning.
Emergency services were called at 8.20 a.m. following reports of an explosion on a commuter train following a blast. The incident occurred on the district line train in South West London, and photographs shared on social media appear to suggest that the explosion came from a white bucket container which was concealed in a Lidl shopping bag.
A bomb squad, armed police, and a hazardous response team is currently on the scene.
Eyewitnesses have described what happened, saying it was like a ‘fireball’ traveling through the carriage, and that the rear of the train filled with smoke.
A metro.co.uk reporter who was on the train at the time, reports that some passengers were ‘really badly burned’ and ‘their hair was coming off.’
One witness told the BBC that there were people leaving the station "covered in blood," and another BBC reporter says she saw a woman on a stretcher with burns to her face and legs.
BBC London presenter Riz Lateef was at Parsons Green on her way in to work. She said: "There was panic as people rushed from the train, hearing what appeared to be an explosion."
"People were left with cuts and grazes from trying to flee the scene. There was lots of panic."
British Transport Police said: "We’re aware of an incident at Parsons Green station. Officers are at the scene. The station is closed."
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We are on scene alongside the Metropolitan Police at Parsons Green."