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The Metropolitan Police has said it believes a “battery short circuit” is to blame for a “minor explosion” at Southgate Tube station in North London on Tuesday evening that left several people injured.
Police were called to the station over reports of an explosion and people running a little after 7 p.m., and the station was subsequently closed and cordoned off.
In their latest statement, several hours after the incident, The Metropolitan Police said: “The scene has been examined by specialist officers. It appears at this stage that the cause of the explosion was a battery short circuit. The Met Police and [British Transport Police] are working together to establish the full facts.”
British Transport Police added that “we do not believe this to be terror related.”
London Ambulance Service said two people have been hospitalised, and another three were treated at the scene for “minor injuries.” The exact condition and identities of the two people who were hospitalised is not currently known.
There have also been reports of a suspicious package at the station.
Met officers are dealing with a suspicious package at #Southgate tube station. Cordons are in place and officers remain at the scene. We will update with more info as we get it.
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 19, 2018
“Police were called at 1903hrs on Tuesday, 19 June, to reports of an explosion and people running at Southgate underground station,” The Metropolitan Police said in an earlier statement.
“Met officers remain at the scene along with colleagues from British Transport Police, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service. Cordons are in place and the station is closed.
“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the reported explosion, which appears to have been minor. We are not aware of any serious injury.”