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  • Pontoon Dock DLR station in London evacuated after explosion this morning
  • Terrified commuters said they initially feared a bomb had gone off in the area 
  •  British Transport Police say explosion was caused by electrical fault under train

A railway station has been evacuated following an explosion under a train this morning.

Police officers are currently at Pontoon Dock DLR station in east London assisting rail staff and passengers following a ‘minor’ explosion under a train. 

Terrified commuters initially feared a bomb had gone off following the loud bang and large police presence at the scene following the incident.

Two people are said to have suffered minor injuries as one passenger said people had been ‘trampled’ evacuating the train.  

Police officers are currently at Pontoon Dock DLR station in east London assisting rail staff and passengers following a ‘minor’ explosion under a train

There is no service on the DLR between Canning Town and Woolwich Arsenal, a line which includes Pontoon Dock. 

A video posted on social media shows smoke coming out from underneath the train carriage while passengers watch on. 

One person wrote on Twitter: ‘Was it a bomb?!’ Another claimed commuters heard two large explosions.

Another passenger, Lindsey Prowse, wrote: ‘Explosion on my train to Canning Town this morning. Fire, smoke and panic. 

‘A few women were injured after being trampled evacuating the train. DLR is saying it was a faulty train.’ 

And Dave Kerr said: ‘Explosion on my train at Pontoon Dock. Drill? Real? No idea.’ 

The explosion is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault.

Officers from British Transport Police were called at 11.04am this morning.

A BTP spokesman said: ‘The train was evacuated and two people are believed to have sustained minor injuries as they left the train.’

The station is currently closed while rail staff resolve the issue and determine the exact cause of the explosion.

Terrified commuters initially feared a bomb had gone off following the loud bang and large police presence at the scene following the incident

The station is currently closed while rail staff resolve the issue and determine the exact cause of the explosion

Terrified commuters initially feared a bomb had gone off following the loud bang and large police presence at the scene following the incident



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