According to BBC Radio Shropshire, there has been an explosion in Shrewsbury town centre.
The emergency services aren’t giving much information but there have been injuries. Three people have been sent to the nearby Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and one has been airlifted to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. Three air ambulances and ten land ambulances are involved in the emergency.
Twitter is showing what a fantastic real-time news source it is. According to people on Twitter it’s a gas explosion near Rowley’s Mansion, which seems to be backed up by the presence of a Transco van.
An empty building has been destroyed by the explosion on the corner of Mardol Quay and Bridge Street – one of the busiest junctions in Shrewsbury. The explosion has closed Frankwell, the Welsh Bridge, Riverside, Bridge Street and the streets in between. The town centre is effectively closed and should be avoided. The explosion was in a flat above an empty shop between Shrewsbury Hotel and a photo studio.
The explosion was strong enough to send rubble over the river, damaging the Theatre Severn. It’s roughly double the distance shown from this webcam.
The BBC News channel was saying earlier that a person was trapped inside the collapsed building but that appears not to have been the case.
Below is a map showing where the explosion took place and some pictures of the site. Theatre Severn and the Sixth Form College are also shown on the map – both were damaged by debris from the explosion.
For more pictures, check out this BBC “In pictures” page.