Pavement explodes in Old Street due to electrical fire

The road was closed off by police. Picture: Mark J. Douglas

The road was closed off by police. Picture: Mark J. Douglas - Credit: Archant

A pavement in Old Street exploded this afternoon due to an electrical fire.

The road was closed off by police. Picture: Mark J. Douglas

The road was closed off by police. Picture: Mark J. Douglas - Credit: Archant

Police closed the road between Shoreditch High Street and Curtain road after the incident just before 5.30pm.

Witness Mark J. Douglas wrote on Twitter: “So a section of the footpath just exploded on #oldstreet and the power went out. Pretty sure just an electric fault, but scary!”