Man arrested over 'drill battery' explosion at London station

Elias Hubbard
June 20, 2018

Passengers fled from the station screaming after witnesses described hearing "a very rapid whooshing sound" and seeing "six-foot flames" billowing into the sky. I think she was in shock to be honest. Some were trampled on the escalator in the rush to get away from the flame and two were treated at hospital.

A police press release this morning said they believe the explosion was caused by "a faulty drill battery".

'An old woman got trampled on. "She couldn't walk, shaking".

The 23-year-old male was arrested Wednesday and held on suspicion of an act likely to cause an explosion to injure or damage property, and endangering safety on the railway, reports the BBC.

Police said the incident is believed to be not terror-related.

The finance worker, 26, who was with his partner at the time, said: "We were just outside the exit". Suddenly, everybody started running down the escalator, shouting "Go back, quick".

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Police attend the scene after several people were injured after a small explosion at Southgate Underground station in north London, Britain June 19, 2018.

Enquires are ongoing to establish the "full facts", a Met spokesman added.

Cordons are in place and the station is closed.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the explosion had been "confirmed as non-suspicious" and praised the emergency services "for a swift and professional response".

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