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Issue:- Monday, 25 April 2016

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Did you see or hear the explosion and flame in Southport?

A large bang shook windows in the Town Centre and a large flame shot up from the pavement, on Southport's historic Lord Street, at around 9.45am/10am, on 25 April 2016. At 1st many businesses and locals thought it was a gas explosion, but it was later discovered to have been an electrical junction box that had shorted out due to old age. Merseyside Fire Service responded extremely quickly and cordoned off the area outside Chadafusion, Cafe, Bar and Gallery, between Prestige Diamonds and Costa Coffee. Many businesses in the area were left without power as workers isolated the box which had exploded with enough force to lift up a cast iron grid! The National Grid quickly attended and crews started to work replacing the cables and fixing the problem soon after arriving. Sadly, for some of the Lord Street shops, they had to lose a full day’s trade, as power could not be turned back on until the junction box and cables could all be fully replaced.

This pavement is a very busy in good weather, with both Costa and Chadafusion having customers sitting outside and pedestrians walking over that section. For Chadafusion it was lucky they had not put the seats outside as the cover was just in that location! Thankfully, we do not know of anyone being injured by the incident. But questions are now being asked as to how safe our eclectical infrastructure in the Town Centre really is. Just after the reports came in to us as to what was going on, Merseyside Fire and Rescue said:- "Firefighters have been in attending an incident, which involved a fuse fire in a junction box that caused the box to explode and a grid to lift up, on Lord Street, Southport. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service received the call at 9.45am and local crews were alerted soon after, at 9.47am. They were on scene by 9.51am. 2 fire engines attended the incident. Our Firefighters set up a cordon from either side of the junction box to the edge of the road and isolated the electricity to nearby shops. Our crews then stood on standby to assist the team from National Grid with their investigations."

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