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Leicester explosion reported; police declare ‘major incident’

February 25, 2018 GMT

A Polish shop in Leicester, England, was reportedly destroyed in what local police are describing as a “major incident.”

According to the Leicestershire Police Twitter account, “all emergency services are currently dealing with this” explosion, and police told people to “please avoid the area.”

Alistair Bunkall, a defense reporter for Sky News, tweeted that “there are no early indications that the explosion in Leicester was connected to terrorist activity. Police are investigating.”

Witnesses in Leicester said there was considerable smoke and fire from the Western Park Store, which is next to a bus stop on Hinckley Road.

“It’s blown the shop across both sides of lanes and there is carnage everywhere. It rattled doors and windows here,” one resident of that Leicester street told the Daily Mirror.

There was no immediate word on casualties, but the Daily Mirror, again citing neighbors, reported that the destroyed building had a housing property above the store.