Blast sends ‘fireball’ through packed District line Tube train

The white bucket that is said to have blown up on the Parsons Green carriage

An explosion on a London Underground train at Parsons Green that sent a “fireball” through a packed carriage is being treated by police as a terrorist incident

Scotland Yard said “a number of people” had been injured, adding that it was “too early” to confirm the cause of the blast during the Friday morning rush-hour.

Witnesses reported seeing several people hurt and “covered in blood” after a “flash and a bang” on the District Line Tube in west London.

Emergency services

Some passengers are said to have suffered facial burns. Others were trampled and suffered crush injuries in the rush to escape the packed carriage.

Emergency services including armed police rushed to the scene after being alerted at around 8.20am.

Prime Minister Theresa May is to chair a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee this afternoon to discuss the incident.

It comes with Britain on high alert after four terror attacks in 2017. The official threat level currently stands at severe – meaning an attack is seen as “highly likely”.

Armed police remain at the scene and the Metropolitan Police urged people to avoid the area. Transport for London said Tube services are suspended between Edgware Road and Wimbledon.

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