An explosion has occurred on a Tube train at Parsons Green, London, leaving “lots injured”, according to witnesses at the scene.
The explosion occurred on a Tube train at Parsons Green station this morning.
Witnesses said victims suffered facial injuries after a white cannister exploded.
One witness said there were “lots” of people injured after the explosion and a subsequent stampede.
She said on Twitter: “I’m safe – just had to run for my life at #ParsonsGreen station – huge stampede, lots injured. Not sure why – fire/explosion mentioned.”
Police confirmed they are investigating an “incident”.
A photo shared on social media appears to show the object which exploded on the train this morning.
It appears to be a white, bucket-type container contained in a Lidl bag.
The photo showed the container still burning with passengers’ bags scattered across the carriage.
One witness said several people had been injured in a stampede following the explosion.
He said the train was “absolutely packed” when the incident occurred.
He said he spoke to a woman who said she saw “a bag, a flash and a bang”.
There was “a bit of a crush on the stairs” as people tried to exit the station, he said.
One photo at the scene showed a woman sat on the pavement being treated by a responder.
Shocked commuters took to Twitter to describe the scene.
One said: “What the f**k is happening at Parsons Green – never been so scared – can we get an announcement???”
Another said: “Horror on District Line at Parsons Green due to explosion / fire on train.
“People struggling to get out of the station.”
A third said: “What’s happening at Parsons Green, panic on the platform reports of fire or explosion in a bag. No announcements.”
Transport for London said: “We are investigating an incident at Parsons Green. Customers travelling btn Wimbledon & Earl’s Court are advised to use alternative routes.”
London Ambulance said: “We are on scene alongside @metpoliceuk at #ParsonsGreen. More information to follow.”
A hazardous material team has been dispatched to the scene.
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