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London 'explosion': Met Office issues update on what 'loud bang' was

MyLondon 28/11/2022 Matt Spivey
Residents shared they had heard a loud bang in North London followed by the plume of smoke © BarnabySlater/Twitter Residents shared they had heard a loud bang in North London followed by the plume of smoke

The Met Office has issued an update on the cause of the 'loud explosion' in London this evening (Monday, November 28). The two loud bangs were heard in quick succession, with residents left concerned.

People across the areas of Islington, Hackney, Walthamstow, Stamford Hill and Stoke Newington reported heard either one or two loud bangs - depending on the area - and some even saw a flash of light at just before 6pm. Residents in North London have also reported a 'weird smell in the air' following the incident and some have said that their Wi-Fi routers have broken as well as some plug sockets having been burnt.

A Met Office spokesperson has told MyLondon what the cause of the 'explosion' was. They said: : "There were two lightning strikes this evening (between 5 and 6pm) in London."

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They added: "I’m aware of reports of an explosion in London which may have been caused by lightning but we cannot confirm. The lightning was definitely not widespread, but very isolated, just a heavier showers brought the two strikes."

Hackney Police also an update that the 'explosion' was caused by thunder and lightning. A large plume of smoke could be seen rising above the buildings in North London which led many to believe there was something more serious happening in the area.

Firefighters searched the area and found no fires in the area around Hackney where reports of the explosion had been made.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson told MyLondon earlier this evening: "Firefighters carried out an extensive search of the local area after reports of an explosion on Belfast Road in Hackney. They found no fire."

Hackney Police wrote on Twitter: "In a tweet they said: "We've received calls about loud bangs in Stoke Newington area this evening. No major incidents have been reported to us. The noise appears to have been caused by thunder and lightning." Alongside their own tweet they re-tweeted a posted from another Twitter account which shows a map of lightning strikes in London.

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