Explosion in Sunderland: Residents horror as police rush to scene

Joanna Estrada
August 11, 2017

Emergency services rushed to Rosslyn Avenue, Ryhope, this morning at around 9.05am, after residents said they heard what sounded like a "bomb explosion".

Northumbria Police tweeted: "Police are aware of an explosion on Rosslyn Avenue, Sunderland".

Rosslyn Avenue has been closed and police are asking members of the public to stay away.

Early reports have suggested that it could be a gas explosion, but this has not been confirmed by the emergency services.

Police, the fire service and ambulance crews were called to Rosslyn Avenue in Ryhope just after 9am.

The explosion is said to have occurred at a private address.

The force tweeted: "Following the report of an explosion, there is nothing to indicate at this time that this is linked to terrorism". More updates to follow'.

North East Ambulance Service are also now attending the scene.

It is not yet known if there are any casualties.

Another said the blast sounded "like a bomb" and the roof had been blown off the house.

One woman said on Twitter her house "literally shook".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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