Several injured after explosion on Tube train in South London

Publish Date
Friday, 15 September 2017, 8:17PM

Terrified commuters have "run for their lives" after an explosion on a London Underground train this morning.

A fireball has reportedly left a several people injured on the train in Parsons Green, south London, with others "running for their lives".

Pictures from the District Line train appear to show a burning plastic bucket stashed in a Lidl carrier bag.

Emergency services are at the scene in South London with early reports suggesting several are injured.

Police have confirmed they are treating the explosion as terorrism.

Horrified witnesses on social media claim people are "screaming and running off trains".

A witness on Twitter said there were explosions in Parsons Green district line train.

"Fireball flew down carriage and we just jumped out open door."

Emma Stevie tweeted: "I'm safe - just had to run for my life at #ParsonsGreen station - huge stamped, lots injured. Not sure why - fire/explosion mentioned."

Ben Lee wrote: "Just been evacuated at #parsonsgreen - panic from rearmost carriage - pax saw smoke but NO injuries"

Another social media user said: "What's happening at Parsons Green, panic on the platform reports of fire or explosion in a bag. No announcements."

A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said: "We were called at 8.21am (local time) and we have information there was a fire on a train eastbound at the platform at Parsons Green.

"We have got two fire engines there."

The Met Police tweeted: "We are aware of an incident at Parsons Green station. Officers are in attendance. More info ASAP."

The London Ambulance Service also says it is on the scene, tweeting: "We are on scene alongside the Met Police at Parsons Green. More information to follow."

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said there was no indication at this stage of any New Zealanders being injured and the NZ High Commission in London hasn't received any requests for consular assistance.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says people should "keep calm and go about their normal lives" as emergency services respond to an incident at a London subway station.


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