BREAKING: Massive Explosion Rocks Crowded Area- At Least 4 In Critical Condition- Major Investigation Underway

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At least four people have been taken to hospital in a critical condition after a reported explosion in Leicesterin the U.K. on Sunday after British police said they were responding to a “major incident.”

Officials have not determined if this was a terrorist attack.

At least six fire engines were sent to the scene after Leicestershire Fire and Rescue received reports from the public of a large blast at around 7pm, Sky News reported.

A spokesperson told Sky the incident was being investigated “as a search and rescue operation.” The city’s fire and rescue squad said it received a call “after reports of a large explosion and a building collapse,” Reuters reported.

“It is unknown if people are injured or trapped.”

The affected property was a two-story building with a loft conversion and it suffered a “pancake collapse”, the spokeswoman said, adding that there was “no indication” of the cause.

“This footage shows the aftermath of an apparent explosion in the Hinckley Road area of Leicester. Police have declared a “major incident.” More information as we get it.”

A nearby resident told the Leicester Mercury newspaper they “heard a huge bang and … came out of the house and saw the flames.” The incident happened on a crowded main road near the city center.

“We can confirm that four patients from the scene have been taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary via @EMASNHSTrust in a critical condition. @Leicspolice are advising everyone to avoid the area. Please only attend A&E if absolutely necessary. If not an emergency, please call NHS 111″

Debris was blasted across both carriageways of the road after the blast, which destroyed a house and a convenience store, according to reports.

Resident Kat Pattinson told Sky News: “We were just in the house…about 500m (540 yards) from where the blast has taken place.

“The whole house shook, there was a bang and the whole house shook.

“The emergency services were in attendance, there was a lot of smoke, just an awful lot of smoke.

“It was just one event so hopefully, whatever happened, it is in the process of being contained now…the building doesn’t appear to be there anymore.”

She described the building as “a shop with flats on top of it”.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates. 



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